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- Edition Size:
- 12,1 x 11,4 x 20,3 cm (4 3/4 x 4 1/2 x 8 in)
- Monogrammed and numbered
About the Artwork
Alexander Calder was an abstract sculptor regarded as the inventor of “mobiles”, his signature monumental works consisting of delicate cascades of wire and metal, wood, or glass. Normally suspended from the ceiling, these artworks float gently in response to air movements suggesting a sophisticated sense of freedom, playfulness, and even joy.
“Simplicity of equipment and an adventurous spirit of attacking the unfamiliar or unknown are more apt to result in a primitive, rather than decadent, art.” -Alexander Calder
Conceived in 1930 and re-editioned in 1964, Horse II is a bronze sculpture from an edition of 50. Although Calder’s favored materials were wire, sheet metal, and wood, he also experimented with bronze. While deeply different from his mobiles, this medium enabled him to borrow from other more traditional strands of modernist sculpture and to use his hands and tact in a different way. Calder challenged himself by modeling in fast-drying plaster rather than wax, resulting in sculptures that combine the energy of small, ancient figurines with that of the modern cartoon.
About the Artist
Alexander Calder was an abstract sculptor regarded as the inventor of “mobiles”, a term coined by Marcel Duchamp in 1931 to describe the artist´s works. These signature monumental works consist of delicate cascades of wire and metal, wood or glass. Normally suspended from the ceiling, these artworks float gently in response to air movements.