Alexander Calder, ‘The Five Red Circles, Filled Variously’, 1973, Phillips

This work is registered in the archives of the Calder Foundation, New York, under application number A06738.

Signature: signed and dated 'calder 73' lower right

Perl Galleries, New York
Private Collection, Southfield, Michigan (acquired from the above in 1973)
Marisa del Re Gallery, Inc., New York
Sotheby Parke Bernet, New York, 27 February 1976, lot 43
Private Collection (assumed)
Guy Loudmer, Paris, 6 April 1987, lot 94
Private Collection (assumed, also presumably Paris)
Cornette de Sant Cyr, Paris, 5 December 1988, lot 176
Private Collection (assumed, also presumably Paris)
Guy Loudmer, Paris, 1 April 1996, lot 257
Acquired at the above sale by the present owner

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