Alexander Calder, ‘Portrait of George Seldes’, 1926, Heritage Auctions
Alexander Calder, ‘Portrait of George Seldes’, 1926, Heritage Auctions

Ships from Beverly Hills. This work is hinged to the mount at the top corners verso; framed under acrylic; there is a light handling crease to the upper left corner (approx. 3-1/4 inches) a few spots of soiling, notably to the man's hat; the paper appears to have been ripped from the artist's sketch book, making the upper edge jagged; otherwise, no other major apparent condition issues. Framed Dimensions 13.75 X 10.5 Inches

Signature: Signed and dated lower center: October 19, 1926 / Sander Calder

Image rights: Courtesy of Heritage Auctions

About Alexander Calder

American artist Alexander Calder changed the course of modern art by developing an innovative method of sculpting, bending, and twisting wire to create three-dimensional “drawings in space.” Resonating with the Futurists and Constructivists, as well as the language of early nonobjective painting, Calder’s mobiles (a term coined by Marcel Duchamp in 1931 to describe his work) consist of abstract shapes made of industrial materials––often poetic and gracefully formed and at times boldly colored––that hang in an uncanny, perfect balance. His complex assemblage Cirque Calder (1926–31), which allowed for the artist’s manipulation of its various characters presented before an audience, predated Performance Art by some 40 years. Later in his career, Calder devoted himself to making outdoor monumental sculptures in bolted sheet steel that continue to grace public plazas in cities throughout the world.

American, 1898-1976, Lawnton, Pennsylvania