1898 - 1976
BLACK STRUCTURE WITH DISCS
signed with the artist's initials and dated 61
gouache and ink on paper
Sheet: 21⅞ by 14⅞ in. (55.5 by 37.8 cm.)
Framed: 22¼ by 15⅜ in. (56.5 by 39 cm.)
This work is registered in the archives of the Calder Foundation, New York, under application number A10267.
This work is in very good condition overall. The left and right edges are deckled. There is a slight undulation to the sheet, visible upon close inspection. There is minor discoloration to the sheet. There is minor pigment separation to the blue circular elements due to the artist's chosen media. There is a ⅛ inch tear at the lower right edge, visible upon close inspection. Framed under Plexiglas.
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Collection of Nicholas Guppy, London
Collection of Jacquelyn Littlefield, Los Angeles
Acquired from the above by the present owner
Long Beach Museum of Art, San Diego, The Fine Arts Gallery and Phoenix, Phoenix Art Museum, Calder Gouaches: The Art of Alexander Calder, January - May 1970, illustrated, no. 4, p. 19
Among the leading artists of the 20th century, Alexander Calder achieved inimitable playfulness, wit and grace across a variety of media. He continues to be best known for his ‘mobiles’, innovative sculptures to which he introduced the element of time. More recently, however, Calder’s works on paper have undergone a reexamination in relation to his oeuvre. Some of his drawings were sketches for his ‘mobiles’, as in the case of Black Structure with Discs.