ALEXANDER CALDER Painting, Sculpture, Gouache & Illustration

History: Alexander Calder Paintings, Prints & Lithographs

A Start with Aesop
Although he is perhaps best known for his sculpture and mobiles, Alexander Calder was also prolific in the creation of paintings and illustrations. He began painting in the early 1920s, at the beginning of his career, and began studying printmaking in 1925. His initial illustrations were primarily produced for journals and books—including pen-and-ink drawings he created for a 1931 publication of Aesop’s Fables.

Inspired by Mondrian
A 1930 visit to Piet Mondrian’s studio inspired Calder to move fully into the realm of abstract sculpture, and his painting followed the same course. The thin lines that defined figures in his earlier work now began delineating groups of geometric shapes. These groups of shapes often appear to be in motion in his work, and in this way mimic his kinetic and mobile sculptures.

Increasing Value & Worth
As Calder’s reputation as an artist grew throughout the 1940s and 1950s (and beyond), so, too, did interest in his work. A 2012 auction set world records for two of his sculptures. Today, his paintings and gouache, lithographs and print, and sculptures and mobiles, as well as deluxe editions of books featuring his fine-art illustrations, are highly sought-after and often sell for close to or greater than their high estimates.

Name: Alexander “Sandy” Calder
Born: August 22, 1898
Died: November 11, 1976
Country: United States
Movements:      Kinetic Art, Surrealism, Abstraction
Media: Mobile, stabile & monumental sculpture; Painting & printmaking; Jewelry

Cottone Auctions specializes in Alexander Calder Paintings, Prints & Sculpture.

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Alexander Calder (American, 1898-1976) “Crayfish”

Hammer Price:
$153,400

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Alexander Calder (American, 1898-1976) “Busbies & Uniforms”

Hammer Price:
$109,250

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Alexander Calder (American, 1898-1976) “Segmented Spiral”

Hammer Price:
$100,625

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Alexander Calder (American, 1898-1976) “Loops Filled In”

Hammer Price:
$68,000

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Alexander Calder (American, 1898-1976) “Râ”

Hammer Price:
$63,250

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Alexander Calder (American, 1898-1976) “Looping”

Hammer Price:
$37,950

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Alexander Calder (American, 1898-1976) “Big Wheel”

Hammer Price:
$28,320

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Alexander Calder (American, 1898-1976) Lithograph

Hammer Price:
$28,320

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