With bare hands
This Nude with crossed hands is one of the very few carved wood pieces by Alexander Calder to come on the French market. It dates from his Paris years, between 1926 and 1933.
Alexandre Calder (1898-1976), Nude with crossed hands, sculpture in wood, taille directe. H.106 cm.
Similar works are now in the Whitney Museum and the Calder Foundation in New York. Its sinuous lines, slender silhouette and subject matter are reminiscent of works by Pablo Picasso and Alberto Giacometti, though its realistic style, massive appearance and roundness make it very different Having studied mechanical engineering in Pennsylvania, then painting and drawing in New York, Calder moved to Paris in 1926, where he became friends with Picasso, Brancusi, Man Ray, Piet Mondrian, Zadkine, Duchamp, Miro, Josephine Baker and others. The artist was still seeking his artistic identity, and divided his work between wood and stone sculptures, wire portraits and miniature circus figures. This sculpture was part of the Movschin collection in Paris before being inherited by the art lover who is now selling it.