Alexander Calder, ‘Sans titre’, 1970, Connaught Brown

Calder often dedicated works to close friends and colleagues. In this particular case, the inscription reveals that ‘Sans titre’ was gifted to Calder’s direct neighbours in Saché, the artist Ray Sutter and his wife Jeanne. Sutter had first moved to the Saché valley after the liberation of Paris where he took inspiration from the Touraine landscape in his radical designs for stained glass and abstract painting.

Signature: Signed, dated and dedicated lower right 'à Ray & Jeanne Sutter Sandy Calder 70'

This work is registered in the archives of the Calder Foundation, New York under number A28063

Collection of Raymond and Jeanne Sutter (gifted by the artist)
Private Collection, Paris
Galerie Carole Brimaud, Paris
Private Collection (acquired in 1992)

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