Alexander Calder’s mother, a painter and a late 19th century student at both the Académie Julian and the Sorbonne, met Calder’s father, Stirling Calder, a sculptor, while she studied at the Pennsylvania School of Fine Arts. Calder’s parents, both working artists, did not encourage him to become an artist so he become a mechanical engineer. 


Selected Collections:

Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris, France

National Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C.

Guggenheim Museum, New York City, NY

Museum of Modern Art, New York City, NY

Whitney Museum of American Art, New York City, NY


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