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Alexander Calder
TWO POLYCHROME FLOWERS WITH BLACK LEAVES
Estimate
1,000,0001,500,000
LOT SOLD. 1,538,500 USD
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PROPERTY OF A DISTINGUISHED PRIVATE COLLECTION

Alexander Calder
TWO POLYCHROME FLOWERS WITH BLACK LEAVES
Estimate
1,000,0001,500,000
LOT SOLD. 1,538,500 USD
JUMP TO LOT

Details & Cataloguing

Alexander Calder
1898 - 1976
TWO POLYCHROME FLOWERS WITH BLACK LEAVES
signed with the artist's monogram and dated 59 on the black element with circular cut-out
painted sheet metal and wire hanging mobile
53 by 40 by 38 in. 134.6 by 101.6 by 96.5 cm.
Executed in 1959, this work is registered in the archives of the Calder Foundation, New York, under application number A05433.
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Provenance

Perls Gallery, New York
Makler Gallery, Philadelphia
Martha Jackson Gallery, New York
Weintraub Gallery, New York
Pall Collection, New York
Private Collection, New York
James Goodman Gallery, New York
Acquired by the present owner from the above in April 2004

Exhibited

Richmond, Virginia Commonwealth University, Anderson Gallery, Selections from A Private Collection of a VCU Alumnus, July - October 2004

Catalogue Note

"A mobile is a piece of poetry that dances with the joy of life."  Alexander Calder

The levity conveyed in this proclamation by the artist is decidedly realized within the capricious character of Two Polychrome Flowers with Black Leaves (1959).  Like stanzas in a poem, the lyrical succession of elements seamlessly forms an interdependent structural register. Each architectonic element borrows from the former and lends to the latter. Executed during the period when Calder's primary focus was on monumental sculpture, there is an inherent monumentality within the present work. The mobile's voluminous visual crescendo is accented with bi-colored polychrome flowers. Their very shapes and colors allude to Calder's fundamental axiom, that above all, art should be happy. The imaginative yet visual simplicity of Alexander Calder's mobiles such as Two Polychrome Flowers with Black Leaves, humbly mask the artistic genius and impressive feats of engineering which are at the very heart and soul of his uplifting sculptural tropes.

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