I do not anticipate selling this lithograph on Craigslist, but I thought I would put it out there.
"L' ETOILES - $5000
Limited Edition of 75 Lithographs -- 13 Proofs marked Artist Proof
Printer: Arts Litho - Paris
Type of Paper: Arches
Size: Approximately 30 in. x 40 in. not including frame.
Certificate of Authenticity Number: 013542
Description: Hand Signed and numbered in pencil.
Print is in the original frame behind plexiglass. Double matted
One Owner for 41 years.
About the Artist: The American artist Alexander Calder was born in Philadelphia in 1898 in Lawnton, Pennsylvania into a family of artist. He studied engineering from 1915 to 1919 at the Stevens Institute of Technology in Hoboken, New Jersey. He took drawing courses with Clinton Balmer in New York in 1922, and studied at the Art Students League from 1923-25. Calder workd for the magazine "National Police Gazette" as of 1924. For two weeks in 1925, he attended the daily show of a travelling circus in New York.
In 1926 Alexander Calder moved to Paris where he studied at the. He increasingly dealt\ with abstractions. A visit to the Paris observatory was a major inspiration for his first mobile and abstract wire sculptures, for which Marcel Duchamp came up with the term "Mobile".
Alexander Calder presented these "Mobiles" in the Galerie Vignon in Paris in 1932 for the first time. In these "Mobiles" Calder found his very own and most appropriate form of art. The perfectly balanced constructions, moved by a touch of air, sre made of metal elements, wires, threads and sticks, they became more complex and abstract over the years, however, their impression was always one of great poetry and playful airiness. In the beginning he also made constructions that were moved by a small motor, but Calder did not pursue this type of "Mobile". As counterparts to the "Mobiles", Alexander Calder also made immobile, tectonically heavy, partly monumental constructions of sheet metal, for which Jean Arp invented the term "Stabile".
In 1933 Alexander Calder bought a farm house in Roxbury (Connecticut) and returnrf to the USA with his wife Louisa James. In 1934 he created the first open air mobile that he calls "Steel Fish" which is 3,5 meters tall. Besides sculptures, his oeuvre also comprises graphic art and gouaches. Additionally, he made jewelry, stage designs and book illustrations. During the 1950s, Calder traveled widely and executed Towers (wall mobiles) and Gongs (sound mobiles). He won the Grand Prize for Sculpture at the 1952 Venice Biennale. Late in the decade, Calder worked extensively with gouache; from this period, he executed numerous major public commissions. In 1964--65, the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York, presented a Calder retrospective. He began the Totems in 1966 and the Animobiles in 1971.
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