Alexander Calder, Untitled 1969

Artist: Alexander Calder (1898 - 1976)
Title:Untitled 1969
Medium:Unique and Original Gouache and ink on paper
Image Size:29 in x 42 1/2 in (73.7 cm x 108 cm)
Sheet Size:29 in x 42 1/2 in (73.7 cm x 108 cm)
Framed Size:approx. 41 in x 54 1/2 in (104.1 cm x 138.4 cm)
Signature:This work is hand signed Alexander Calder (Pennsylvania, 1898 – New York, 1976) and dated ’69 in the lower right.
Condition:This work is in excellent condition
ID #W-6186

Historical Description

Alexander Calder Untitled, 1969 features an eye-catching red form within an otherwise black and white composition. The red jewel is ringed by a triangular design that gives it the appearance of a sun, imparting warmth further into the gem. The geometric and alternating black and white lines act as rays, and the jewel shines out across the paper. The strong contrast that Calder employs in this original gouache makes for a boldly colored work that stands firm – its thick lines make the piece feel rooted in reality although it make appear abstract subject matter.

The lines shooting out from the jewel lead the viewer’s eyes around the composition from center out to the corners. The high contrast and the energetic lines combine creating a dynamic composition that is both simple and striking, exemplifying Calder’s mastery of color and form. Calder is famous for the motion in his work, particularly in his work with mobiles. It is no surprise that Calder was able to carry over from of those ideas from sculpture into his gouaches, which are as unique and exuberant as his innovative 3D works.

Created in 1969, this unique original gouache on paper is hand singed by Alexander Calder (Lawnton, 1898 – New York, 1976) and dated ’Calder 69’ in black in the lower right.

Catalogue Raisonné & COA:
Alexander Calder Untitled, 1969 is fully documented and referenced in the below catalogue raisonnés and texts (copies will be enclosed as added documentation with the invoices that will accompany the final sale of the work).

1. This work is registered in the archives of the Calder Foundation NY under application number A11428.
2. A Certificate of Authenticity will accompany this artwork.

About the Framing:
Framed to museum-grade, conservation standards, Alexander Calder Untitled, 1969 is presented in a complementary moulding and optical grade Plexiglas.