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Alexander Calder
1898-1976年
UNTITLED
signed and dated '49
oil on canvas
40 by 106cm; 15 3/4 by 41 3/4 in.
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This work is registered in the archives of The Calder Foundation, New York, under application number A12551.

來源

Acquired directly from the artist by the present owner

展覽

Biron, Château Biron, Calder, 1986, p. 24, no.5, illustrated in colour
Paris, Galerie Maeght, Calder, 1987
Barcelona, Galeria Maeght, Calder, 1989, p. 26, no. 48, illustrated in colour
Aix-en-Provance, Galerie d'Art du Conseil Général, Autour de Georges Duthuit, 2003, p.18, illustrated

相關資料

Vibrant and playful, Calder’s Smoke Rings is characteristic of his distinctive artistic vocabulary. Influenced by the experimental abstraction of Mondrian and Miró, Calder explained, “the underlying sense of form in my work has been the system of the Universe, or part thereof…the idea of detached bodies floating in space, of different sizes and densities, perhaps of different colours and temperatures, and surrounded and interlarded with wisps of gaseous condition” (Alexander Calder, ‘What Abstract Art Means to Me’, Museum of Modern Art Bulletin 18, no.3 (Spring 1951), pp.8-9). This sense of the universe, so evident in the mobiles and stabiles which dominated his artistic production of the post-war period, is essential to the success of the present work. The boldly geometric shapes are suspended in a harmonious spatiality by the clouds of primary colour that underpin the work.

In his autobiography Calder recalled being in Guatemala in the months just before he abandoned his career as a mechanical engineer to become an artist, and seeing the sun rising on one side of the sky whilst the moon remained suspended on the other; he described it as giving him a ‘lasting impression of the solar system’ (Alexander Calder, Jean Davidson, Calder: An Autobiography with Pictures, New York, 1966, p.38). In Smoke Rings, sun and moon coexist and are accompanied by other more mysterious celestial bodies. Calder’s unique language of abstraction finds full play in a work that is at once uplifting and life-affirming.

當代藝術日拍

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