Alexander Calder

1898-1975, US sculptor, graphic artist, inventor of the mobile

Alexander Calder was one of the most influential artists of Classical Modernism and became world-famous above all for his "Mobiles" and "Stabiles". He claimed of himself that he created "Mondrians that move".

Serenity, lightness, and humour characterise his oeuvre. He was inspired in his work by friends such as Hans Arp and Marcel Duchamp. Even as a graphic artist, he was impressive. What he was particularly interested in was the freedom to play with shapes and colours. The preoccupation with dynamics and geometry in the sculptures and mobiles thus found its counterpart on the canvas.