Heather James Fine Art, in collaboration with Willetts Design & Associates, is pleased to present Living with Art, an exclusive series of interior vignettes designed by Dorothy Willetts. This month highlights the Library Vignette with art by Georges Braque and Alexander Calder.
As a child Alexander Calder was fascinated with the circus. And who didn’t like the circus as a child; I know I did! But his interests went much further than mine. As an adult he became a classically trained and practicing artist in New York. His small-scale model of a Circus made from wire, wood, cloth, leather string and other materials, is currently in the Whitney Museum and shows how he used these materials to essentially create three-dimensional people, animals, and objects. These three-dimensional figurative drawings eventually became one of the things that Calder is most known for, mobiles. While in New York I was lucky enough to see the installation of Calder’s Circus. The color Lithograph used in this Vignette is titled “Flight” and contains the yellow, blue, red, and black colors Calder is known for.
The other two pieces are both by French artist, George Braque. The larger of the two works, “Deux Oiseaux”, (Two Birds) contains two birds (surprise!) soaring through the dark lapis lazuli blue of a night sky. The white outline of their wings barely touches one another, and is also used to represent a sliver of a moon and three stars. This subject matter, birds and their flight, is one that Braque goes back to time and again. It is also one that he painted when in his seventies, on the ceiling of the Etruscan room at the Musée du Louvre!