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Alexander Calder

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Le Grand Passage, 1974
Tempera and India ink on paper, 58 x 78 cm
Peggy Guggenheim Collection, Venice 76.2553 PG 139a
© 2014 Calder Foundation, New York / SIAE, Rome, all rights reserved. CALDER ® is a registered trademark of Calder Foundation, NY.


Alexander Calder’s paintings are less known than his sculptures. The sun and moon are characteristic motifs of his mobiles. There is a sculptural quality to the passage of the broad red band through the meandering black ‘river’—presumably the grand passage of the title. Le Grand passage was also the French title of a celebrated movie by King Vidor, Northwest Passage (1940).

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