Alexander Calder

Le Grand Passage


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).

Artist Alexander Calder
Date 1974
Medium Tempera and India ink on paper
Dimensions 58 x 78 cm
Credit line Peggy Guggenheim Collection, Venice (Solomon R. Guggenheim Foundation, New York)
Accession 76.2553 PG 139a
Collection Peggy Guggenheim Collection
Type Work on paper

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