Alexander Calder Mobile c.1932

Artwork details

Artist
Alexander Calder 1898–1976
Title
Mobile
Date c.1932
Medium Metal, wood, wire and string
Dimensions Unconfirmed: 1500 x 2000 x 2000 mm
Collection
Lent from a private collection 1992
On long term loan
Reference
L01686

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By suspending forms that move with the flow of air, Calder revolutionised sculpture. Marcel Duchamp dubbed these works ‘mobiles’. Rather than a solid object of mass and weight, they continually redefine the space around them as they move. Calder’s subtle balance of form and colour resulted in works that suggest an animated version of paintings by friends such as Joan Miró. This very early example was acquired by Julian Trevelyan when he first got to know Calder in the early 1930s.

July 2008

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