It came as no surprise that Nan pursued art in college at the University of California, Berkeley and in graduate school at Harvard, ultimately gaining her PhD in Art History. She was often seen toting her little Brownie camera with her wherever she went, including her holidays to visit ‘Uncle Sandy and Aunt Louisa’ at their homes in Saché, France and Roxbury, Connecticut. Nan’s education in the arts spurred numerous conversations between her and Calder about his work, his inspirations, and course, his artist friends such as Joan Miró and Fernand Léger.
In the lots that follow, Calder’s genius as a passionate draughtsman, sculptor, painter and metalworker are vividly on display. Each work Calder made for Nan was not only a gift, but a personalized one—Calder often wrote dedications to Nan directly on his gouaches and created jewelry for Nan with her specific aesthetic in mind. Highly creative in her own right, Nan had a deep appreciation for Calder’s diverse body of work, once remarking that “no one can bend wire like Sandy.”
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