"The universe is real but you can’t see it. You have to imagine it. Once you imagine it, you can be realistic about reproducing it." —Alexander Calder
One of the most celebrated sculptors of the 20th century, Alexander Calder was born on this day in 1898, in Pennsylvania.
Upon moving to Paris in 1926, Calder befriended several important Abstract artists, including Joan Miró (Spanish, 1896-1983) and Piet Mondrian (Dutch, 1872-1944), and was invited to join the group Abstraction-Création in 1931. Inspired by the work of his fellow artists, he incorporated Abstract Kinetic elements into his sculptures, creating the Mobiles he is best known for today.
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