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Alexander Calder (1898 - 1976)
THE BICYCLE ACT, 1931
Estimate
40,00060,000
LOT SOLD. 50,000 USD
JUMP TO LOT
403
Alexander Calder (1898 - 1976)
THE BICYCLE ACT, 1931
Estimate
40,00060,000
LOT SOLD. 50,000 USD
JUMP TO LOT

Details & Cataloguing

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Alexander Calder (1898 - 1976)
THE BICYCLE ACT, 1931
gouache and ink on paper; signed and dated ''31' 
Sheet: 19 1/2 by 25 1/2 in. (49.5 by 64.8 cm.); Framed: 22 1/4 by 28 1/4 in. (56.5 by 71.8 cm.)
Executed in 1931, this work is registered in the archives of the Calder Foundation, New York, under application number 'A08391'.
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Provenance

Perls Gallery, New York
Acquired from the above by the present owner 'circa' 1970

Catalogue Note

Alexander Calder's whimsical gouache, 'The Bicycle Act,' presents an intimate view into the artist's fascination with the circus.  This interest culminated in the iconic 'Cirque Calder,' also executed in 1931, currently in the collection of the Whitney Museum of American Art, New York.  Calder staged full performances of his circus in Paris, accompanied by music, lighting, and audience participation from notable artists of the day, including Piet Mondrian, Joan Miró, and Marcel Duchamp.

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