signed later with the artist's monogram on the back
Henri Seyrig (acquired from the above)
By descent to the present owner
Kunsthalle Bern, Calder, Léger, Bowmer, Leuppi, May 1947, cat. no. 42
Amsterdam, Stedelijk Museum, Alexander Calder/Fernand Léger, July - August 1947, cat. no. 42
"How does art come into being? Out of volumes, motion, spaces carved out within the surrounding space, the universe. Out of different masses, tight, heavy, middling, achieved by variations of size or color. Out of directional lines - vectors representing motion, velocity, acceleration, energy, etc. - lines which form significant angles and directions, making up one or several totalities. Spaces or volumes, created by the slightest opposition to their masses, or penetrated by vectors, traversed by momentum. None of this is fixed. Each element can move, shift, or sway back and forth in a changing relation to each of the other elements in the universe. Thus they reveal not only isolated moments, but a physical law or variation among the elements of life. Not extractions, but abstractions. Abstractions which resemble no living things except by their manner of reacting." (Carmen Gimenez, A. S. C. Rower, Serraller F. Calvo, eds., Calder: Gravity and Grace, London, 2003, p. 47).
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