Balloons

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Alexander Calder

American, 1898 - 1976

Balloons, 1973

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Lithograph on paper

Dimensions: 39 1/2 × 28 1/2 in. (100.3 × 72.4 cm)

Gift of Argosy Partners and Bond Street Partners, 1980.5

Alexander Calder is one of the most beloved sculptors of the twentieth century. He created magical abstract works that possess a gentle grace and timeless quality. His sculptures, paintings, and prints reveal a love for motion, chance and balance, and often possess a whimsical and humorous quality that reflects Calder's life and his interpretation of the beauty and simplicity of his surroundings.Shape and form are foremost in Calder’s art. Not only his famed mobiles, but even his two dimensional art, relies on natural, asymmetrical, biomorphic shapes that appear almost living in their unaffected appearances. Balloons represents this interest in biomorphic forms. The round shapes appear to not only have an upward movement, but also a lateral movement. Long, thin projectiles appear as spindly legs, walking the shapes across the composition. The colors bleed into one another in a very spontaneous way, following the Surrealist’s concept of automatic drawing, of creating lines without the rational mind.

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