One primarily associates the work by the American artist Alexander Calder (1898-1976) with the ‘mobiles’ he invented in the early 1930s, the kinetic sculptures that made him world-famous even then, as well as the so-called ‘stabiles’ and his monumental sculptures. Calder received significant input into developing his diverse oeuvre that spans Surrealism and Constructivism at the beginning of his artistic career, during his stay in Paris (1926 – 1933).There he was in close contact with Piet Mondrian, Fernand Léger and Joan Miró and belonged to the group ‘Abstract-Création’.
Gouache was an important medium for the artist, especially in the 1950s. The quick-drying, water-based paint allowed Calder to work quickly and spontaneously. The constant movement of life, which he sought to artistically represent in sculptures, finds its equivalent here. The bright, primary colours and organic, geometric forms in the works on paper, which evoke his monumental sculptures, are unmistakably a part of Calder’s intrinsic visual language. A comprehensive selection of gouaches spanning five decades will be on display at Galerie Michael Haas.