Alexander Calder – Smeary – Brochure

Alexander Calder painted Smeary in the late 1940’s, during a period widely recognized as the most exciting and inventive of his career. This painting, one of the largest that the artist ever created, is a playful variation of several Calder themes. On one canvas, he blends figuration and abstraction, merges vibrant colors, and creates a composition of dynamic line and space that echoes his sculptural masterworks. Floating within Calder’s orange, red, yellow, and blue, butterflies disrupt this piece’s pure abstraction, perhaps transferring to canvas the same sense of movement achieved by his sculptural works: delicate motion, suspended in air.

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