Feb 10, 2009

The Centaurs

The Centaurs

1955 or before

Alexander Calder

(American, 1898–1976)

Pen and black ink

Support: Cream(1) wove paper (Strathmore Artist)

Sheet: 36.8 x 29.2 cm (14 1/2 x 11 1/2 in.)

Gift of Mr. and Mrs. Robert M. Levine 1970.356



Calder began to experiment with wire in 1925. His comment, "I think best in wire," is exemplified by the numerous witty and delightful forms he fashioned from a material overlooked by previous sculptors. In a sense these whimsical linear constructions of figures, animals, and objects are three-dimensional drawings and so it is not surprising that they reflect the precision, clarity, and elegance of the artist's draftsmanship.

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