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ALEXANDER CALDER (1898-1976)

 
Alexander Calder's earliest works were composed of simple found objects, primarily metal and wood. It was not until later in his career that he would construct his monumentally scaled Stabiles and Mobiles. Eclat revisits the simple forms from his early years and the Surrealist style that influenced his work. Roughly translated as "sparkle," the work is symbolic of the sun, the universal symbol of light and life. The sun was also a favored symbol of the early surrealists, from which Calder drew significant inspiration.
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<br>"Eclat" (1974) retains the vibrant color Calder envisioned for the gouache. It is uncommon for yellow pigments and red pigments to remain in such a well-preserved state. Alexander Calder's earliest works were composed of simple found objects, primarily metal and wood. It was not until later in his career that he would construct his monumentally scaled Stabiles and Mobiles. Eclat revisits the simple forms from his early years and the Surrealist style that influenced his work. Roughly translated as "sparkle," the work is symbolic of the sun, the universal symbol of light and life. The sun was also a favored symbol of the early surrealists, from which Calder drew significant inspiration.
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<br>"Eclat" (1974) retains the vibrant color Calder envisioned for the gouache. It is uncommon for yellow pigments and red pigments to remain in such a well-preserved state. Alexander Calder's earliest works were composed of simple found objects, primarily metal and wood. It was not until later in his career that he would construct his monumentally scaled Stabiles and Mobiles. Eclat revisits the simple forms from his early years and the Surrealist style that influenced his work. Roughly translated as "sparkle," the work is symbolic of the sun, the universal symbol of light and life. The sun was also a favored symbol of the early surrealists, from which Calder drew significant inspiration.
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<br>"Eclat" (1974) retains the vibrant color Calder envisioned for the gouache. It is uncommon for yellow pigments and red pigments to remain in such a well-preserved state. Alexander Calder's earliest works were composed of simple found objects, primarily metal and wood. It was not until later in his career that he would construct his monumentally scaled Stabiles and Mobiles. Eclat revisits the simple forms from his early years and the Surrealist style that influenced his work. Roughly translated as "sparkle," the work is symbolic of the sun, the universal symbol of light and life. The sun was also a favored symbol of the early surrealists, from which Calder drew significant inspiration.
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<br>"Eclat" (1974) retains the vibrant color Calder envisioned for the gouache. It is uncommon for yellow pigments and red pigments to remain in such a well-preserved state. Alexander Calder's earliest works were composed of simple found objects, primarily metal and wood. It was not until later in his career that he would construct his monumentally scaled Stabiles and Mobiles. Eclat revisits the simple forms from his early years and the Surrealist style that influenced his work. Roughly translated as "sparkle," the work is symbolic of the sun, the universal symbol of light and life. The sun was also a favored symbol of the early surrealists, from which Calder drew significant inspiration.
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<br>"Eclat" (1974) retains the vibrant color Calder envisioned for the gouache. It is uncommon for yellow pigments and red pigments to remain in such a well-preserved state. Alexander Calder's earliest works were composed of simple found objects, primarily metal and wood. It was not until later in his career that he would construct his monumentally scaled Stabiles and Mobiles. Eclat revisits the simple forms from his early years and the Surrealist style that influenced his work. Roughly translated as "sparkle," the work is symbolic of the sun, the universal symbol of light and life. The sun was also a favored symbol of the early surrealists, from which Calder drew significant inspiration.
<br>
<br>"Eclat" (1974) retains the vibrant color Calder envisioned for the gouache. It is uncommon for yellow pigments and red pigments to remain in such a well-preserved state. Alexander Calder's earliest works were composed of simple found objects, primarily metal and wood. It was not until later in his career that he would construct his monumentally scaled Stabiles and Mobiles. Eclat revisits the simple forms from his early years and the Surrealist style that influenced his work. Roughly translated as "sparkle," the work is symbolic of the sun, the universal symbol of light and life. The sun was also a favored symbol of the early surrealists, from which Calder drew significant inspiration.
<br>
<br>"Eclat" (1974) retains the vibrant color Calder envisioned for the gouache. It is uncommon for yellow pigments and red pigments to remain in such a well-preserved state. Alexander Calder's earliest works were composed of simple found objects, primarily metal and wood. It was not until later in his career that he would construct his monumentally scaled Stabiles and Mobiles. Eclat revisits the simple forms from his early years and the Surrealist style that influenced his work. Roughly translated as "sparkle," the work is symbolic of the sun, the universal symbol of light and life. The sun was also a favored symbol of the early surrealists, from which Calder drew significant inspiration.
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<br>"Eclat" (1974) retains the vibrant color Calder envisioned for the gouache. It is uncommon for yellow pigments and red pigments to remain in such a well-preserved state. Alexander Calder's earliest works were composed of simple found objects, primarily metal and wood. It was not until later in his career that he would construct his monumentally scaled Stabiles and Mobiles. Eclat revisits the simple forms from his early years and the Surrealist style that influenced his work. Roughly translated as "sparkle," the work is symbolic of the sun, the universal symbol of light and life. The sun was also a favored symbol of the early surrealists, from which Calder drew significant inspiration.
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<br>"Eclat" (1974) retains the vibrant color Calder envisioned for the gouache. It is uncommon for yellow pigments and red pigments to remain in such a well-preserved state. Alexander Calder's earliest works were composed of simple found objects, primarily metal and wood. It was not until later in his career that he would construct his monumentally scaled Stabiles and Mobiles. Eclat revisits the simple forms from his early years and the Surrealist style that influenced his work. Roughly translated as "sparkle," the work is symbolic of the sun, the universal symbol of light and life. The sun was also a favored symbol of the early surrealists, from which Calder drew significant inspiration.
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<br>"Eclat" (1974) retains the vibrant color Calder envisioned for the gouache. It is uncommon for yellow pigments and red pigments to remain in such a well-preserved state.
Eclat197421 x 29 in.(53.34 x 73.66 cm) gouache on paper
Provenance
Galerie Maeght, Paris
Gallery at the Kingsley, Bloomfield Hills
Quanex, Houston
Estate of JC Wynne, Houston
Private Collection, acquired from above
Christie’s lot 256 March 7, 2012
Private Collection, acquired from above

160,000

Alexander Calder's earliest works were composed of simple found objects, primarily metal and wood. It was not until later in his career that he would construct his monumentally scaled Stabiles and Mobiles. Eclat revisits the simple forms from his early years and the Surrealist style that influenced his work. Roughly translated as "sparkle," the work is symbolic of the sun, the universal symbol of light and life. The sun was also a favored symbol of the early surrealists, from which Calder drew significant inspiration.

"Eclat" (1974) retains the vibrant color Calder envisioned for the gouache. It is uncommon for yellow pigments and red pigments to remain in such a well-preserved state.
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