A monumental work by Calder put up for auction

A monumental work by Calder put up for auction

A rare sculpture by Alexander Calder, 3.5 meters high, will be offered at auction Wednesday in Paris, announced on Monday the auction house Artcurial.

For 57 years, the monumental work has decorated a holiday village in the south of France.

Estimated between 2.5 and 3.5 million euros, this black painted steel sculpture was created by Calder in 1963. This fixed sculpture called stabile as opposed to mobiles, the best known works of the American artist, was installed six years later at the entrance of a VVF (Village Vacances Famille) residence dedicated to social tourism, in La Colle-sur-Loup (Alpes-Maritimes), near Cannes. At the time, two other works by Calder had been installed in France, at UNESCO headquarters in Paris and in front of a high school in Grenoble (East).

A first in France

“It is the very first time that a monumental Calder stabile of this size has been auctioned in France,” said Hugues Sébilleau, director of the Contemporary Art department at Artcurial, adding that the work is being sold by the current owner of this holiday village, Belambra Clubs.

“Formally, this stabile is quite characteristic of the Calder style of that time. The structure is very assertive, well positioned on its four support points. With space, rhythm is the primordial composition, curves responding to angles, surfaces to voids ”, according to sales expert Serge Lemoine.

A canvas of Soulages

Until Wednesday, the day of the sale, the Calder stabile is on display in the courtyard of the Artcurial building, Rond-Point des Champs-Élysées, in Paris.

During the same vacation dedicated to modern art, an oil on canvas by Pierre Soulages, the master of the “beyond-black”, estimated between 800,000 and 1.2 million euros, should also be hotly contested.


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