ALEXANDER CALDER 1898-1976
Lawnton, Pennsylvania 1898 – 1976 New York (American)
Title: The Waves | Les Vagues, 1975
Technique: Hand Woven Wool Tapestry (Aubusson) Hand Signed and Signed in the Weave
Size: 103 x 150 cm. / 40.6 x 59.1 in.
Additional Information: This is a hand woven wool tapestry was created by Alexander Calder.
It is hand signed with the artist’s initials in blue ballpoint pen “C.A.” on a label verso.
It is also signed in the weave with the artist’s signature “Calder” and the monogram of the manufacturer “P. F.” (Pinton Frères) at the lower right.
Our tapestry is number 6 from planned, but not fully realised edition of 200. It bears the number woven onto a panel, verso.
It was woven in 1975 as part of the important series of six Bicentenial Tapestries, commissioned to celebrate the 200th Anniversary of the declaration of American Independence.
The tapestry was created under supervision of the artist at the renowned Atelier Pinton Frères, Aubusson, France.
Calder had already worked with the Pinton Frères at Aubusson before the important bicentennial arrived. Breaking with tradition and with a special permit issued by the French government, Calder was allowed to create the Bicentennial tapestries in an edition of 200, one to mark each year of Independence. Normally the edition of renowned Pinton Frères of Aubusson is restricted and protected by French law to only 6 publically available works and a small number of artist’s proofs and collaborator proofs. However, the scale, skill and time involved in producing each of these tapestries meant that much fewer than the planned 200 were ever realised.
1. Metzner, J. (1975). The Bicentennial Tapestries. Alexander Calder. Catalogue 1975, illus. in colour. Pinton Frères: Abusson
2. Lipman, J. & Wolfe, R. (1989). Calder’s Universe, Jean Lipman, Ruth Wolfe. Philadelphia, p. 157.
Condition: Very good condition. The colours strong. The label showing signs of wear, verso.