Alexander Calder had perhaps an unconventional career, even for an artist of world-renown, seeing as he only came to his profession later than many other of his contemporaries. Calder’s first vocation, which perhaps shows in his enduring fascination with metal sculpture, was that of a mechanical engineer.
Born on the turn of the twentieth century, Alexander Calder was the product of other fine artists, his mother a portrait painter and his grandfather a sculptor who had moved to America from Scotland. In his mid-twenties, Alexander Calder decided to dedicate his life to art, developing a fascination for mobile circuses (that could fit in a suitcase) as well as metal and found-object mobiles. Today his gravity-defying sculptures are cherished by his adopted country of France, and can be found throughout private and national collections.
Alexander Calder maintained an interest in printmaking, printing and lithography throughout his career using his illustrative skills to support his more conceptual sculptures. Soon his goache, lithographic and etchings also took on a surrealistic oeuvre, and now are considered some of his best works.
When collecting Calder, it is possible to purchase lithographic prints for as little as a few hundred dollars, but the dedicated collector will be interested in the range of his more limited edition works. In such a case, consider his early illustrative efforts, such as Aesops Fables, or Three Blind Mice – which can still be found in the region of a couple thousand dollars. Otherwise, the essential catalogue for Alexander Calder’s work would be found in the famous Derriere Le Miroir, the Maeght Edition’s ongoing catalogue of artistic reviews and prints. A special edition of Le Miroir which is signed by Calder could cost as little as a thousand dollars, and unsigned edition (with as many as 24 lithographic prints of the artist) could cost as little as a few hundred dollars.
Calder, Alexander Aesop,. L'Estrange, Fables Of Aesop. Harrison of Paris (1931). 52 line block reproductions of pen and ink drawings
Calder, Alexander Jolas, Eugene. A Yearbook For Romantic-Mystic Ascensions. Gotham Book Mart Press (1941). Title page designed by Calder
Calder, Alexander. Three Young Rats. Curt Valentin (1944). 85 drawings by Calder
Calder, Alexander. The Rime Of The Ancient Mariner. Reynal Hitchcock (1946). Black line drawings by Calder
Calder, Alexander. Derriere Le Miroir 31. Maeght (1950). 2 original lithographs
Calder, Alexander Wilbur, Richard. A Bestiary. Pantheon (1955). line drawings by Calder
Calder, Alexander. Derriere Le Miroir 113. Maeght (1959). 2 original lithographs
Calder, Alexander ,. Derriere Le Miroir 141. Maeght (1963). 8 original lithographs
Calder, Alexander Cassour. Calder. Musee National D'Art Moderne (1965). 4 original screenprints
Calder, Alexander. Derriere Le Miroir 156. Maeght (1966). 7 lithographs after Calder and 2 original lithographs
Calder, Alexander ,. Alexander Calder Suites 11. Galerie Krugier, Geneva (1966). 3 original lithographs
Calder, Alexander ,. Derriere Le Miroir 173. Maeght (1968). 8 original lithographs
Calder, Alexander. Derriere Le Miroir 190. Maeght (1971). 4 original lithographs
Calder, Alexander ,. Calder : Autobiographie. Maeght (1972). 3 original lithographs
Calder, Alexander. Homage To Alexander Calder. Tudor Publishing (1972). 1 original lithograph
Calder, Alexander. Hommage a Alexander Calder. Xxeme Siecle (1972). 1 original lithograph
Calder, Alexander ,. Derriere Le Miroir 201. Maeght (1973). 5 original lithographs
Calder, Alexander DupinJacques. Fits And Starts. Compton Russel/Book People (1973). lithograph by Calder
Calder, Alexander. Derriere Le Miroir 212. Maeght (1975). 7 original lithographs
Calder, Alexander ,. Derriere Le Miroir 221. Maeght (1976). 7 original lithographs
Calder, Alexander. Intimate World Of Alexander Calder.. Harry N. Abrams/Solange Thierry/New York (1989). 680 illustrations, 200 in color
Calder, Alexander. XXe Siecle No. 37. Xxeme Siecle (1971). with lithographs by Calder, Agam, and Wou-ki.
Calder, Alexander. XXe Siecle No. 3. Xxeme Siecle (1952). with original lithographs by Miro, Calder, Michaux and Giacometti.
Calder, Alexander ,. Prints from the Mourlot Press. Mourlot Press (1964). Includes lithographic dust jacket by Chagall and 18 original lithographs inside by Calder, Cocteau, Matisse, Miro, Picasso, Giacometti and others. 2000 copies.
Calder, Alexander AdhemarJ. Lithographies de L'Atelier Mourlot. Redfern Gallery (1965). Lithographs by Chagall, Picasso(2), Miro, Giacometti, Matisse, Calder, Buffet, and others. 11 lithographs in total.
Calder, Alexander. Gravures Maeght Editeur. Redfern Gallery (1966). Nine original lithographs, including Miro (one for the cover), Chagall, Calder, Ubac, Tal-Coat, and others. 1500 copies.