Low Three Feathers
metal and wire, painted
27 x 69 x 79 cm / 10 5/8 x 27 1/8 x 31 1/8 in.
signed with monogram and dated on the red element
In 1926 Calder went to Paris, where he moved in avant-garde circles. A visit to Piet Mondrian's studio brought him to abstraction and influenced his choice of primary colours for his works. He began creating kinetic, hanging sculptures, initially with a motor, later without, moved only by the flow of air. It was Duchamp who called them "Mobiles". In the USA, after the war he began to create smaller sculptures, the "Standing Mobiles", since due to postal restrictions they had to be taken apart so he could send them to exhibitions in Europe. The first exhibition of these small works was shown in 1946 at Galerie Louis Carré in Paris to great acclaim. At a time when he was designing monumental sculpture which had to be manufactured elsewhere, Calder continued to create the small works, which he could execute himself in his studio. " ...and when I use two or more sheets of metal cut into shapes and mounted at angles to each other, I feel that there is a solid form, perhaps concave, perhaps convex filling in the dihedral angles between them. I do not have a definite idea of what this would be like, I merely sense it and occupy myself with the shapes one actually sees." Alexander Calder
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