Alexander Calder, ‘Untitled, Paris, 1971 (from the Deluxe Edition of Flight Portfolio, 1971) ’, 1971, Pascal Fine Art
Alexander Calder, ‘Untitled, Paris, 1971 (from the Deluxe Edition of Flight Portfolio, 1971) ’, 1971, Pascal Fine Art

"Paris", from the Flight portfolio, 300 in total, with a Deluxe edition of 50 printed on Auvergne paper, and the edition of 250 printed on Rives paper. Published in 1971 by the International Rescue Committee to raise funds for the organization's mission to aid and rescue refugees. In 1964, Varian Fry, IRC's founder, began to assemble a portfolio of works from 12 artists whom he had helped bring to the United States during the Holocaust. Each work from the portfolio represents the artist's vision of the Greek warrior, Aeneas, as he flees the burning city of Troy, described by T.S. Eliot as: "the original displaced person, the fugitive from an obliterated society."

All plates, stones, and stencils used to produce the portfolio were destroyed upon completion of the project.

Signature: Signed and dedicated in tempera ink: " To Ann, Calder 71" Lower right watermark on paper: "Auvergne a la main" An unnumbered work from the Deluxe Edition of 50, printed on Auvergne paper.

Publisher: International Rescue Committee: Mourlot

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