|Description:||ORIGINAL CALDER GOUACHE, art of forms 27" by 20"|
|Condition:||EXCELLENT, Professionally framed w/ glass|
|Origin:||From a retired doctor who bought item in a Chicago gallery but lost receipt. about 30 years ago.|
|Provenance:||BOUGHT IN A GALLERY IN CHICAGO, 30 YEARS AGO|
|Appraised By:||Sara Kinch|
|History Of The Item:||Appraised Item: Title: Untitled Abstract Date: 20th Century - dated 1972 Artist: "Alexander Calder (1898-1976) United States" Signature: "Calder '72" lower right-hand corner Medium: Gouache on paper (framed) Dimensions: 20 inches in heighth by 24 inches in width (Approximate dimensions) Provenance: Purchased by present owner approximately thirty years from today's date, with origins from a gallery located in Chicago.|
|Appraiser Tips:||To keep the painting in its present good condition do not display artwork in bright sunlight or artificial light. Do not hang the artwork in the vicinity of fireplaces, heaters or baseboard heat nor near any heat-producing appliances. These conditions will hasten the deterioration of your artwork. They may cause fading of the colors and erosion of the paper.|
|Research Sources:||On Line Research Art Price Annual Sotheby's Catalogue|
|Appraiser Comments:||Thank you for the information. The artwork that you have submitted for inquiry appears to be an original gouache painting that has been created by the American abstract artist Alexander Calder (1898-1976) United States. Calder was born in Pennsylvania and was active with regard to his artistic career in New York City, Paris and Connecticut. The artist is noted as a painter, printmaker and especially as a sculptor and "inventor" of mobiles and kinetic sculpture. Calder is also associated with performance art and Op art. Alexander Calder was born into a family of artists, both his father and grandfather were sculptors. Calder's first monumental public art sculpture was displayed in NYC in the year of 1934. His artwork is within many private and public collections including the Georges Pompidou Center in Paris and MOMA, NYC. The gouache painting that you possess is signed by the artist at the lower right-hand corner of the artwork with a signature that is representative of the artist Alexander Calder. The artist has also dated the painting as "72" after his signature, which is reference to the date on which the painting was completed in 1972. The artwork is very similar in subject matter and style to a series of originals and prints completed by Calder during the 1970's. I have researched this particular artwork for a match among catalogued original drawings and paintings completed by Calder during this time period. I cannot find this image among the images available to me through my resources. This does not mean that the artwork was not created by the artist, but that I cannot locate this particular image. As the painting is a stand-alone artwork, there is probability that the artwork was created by Calder and simply not listed in catalogues regarding this artist. If documentation including invoices, provenance or receipts can be provided, the artwork may have a higher final value at auction or on the retail market. Thank you for your inquiry. Sara Kinch|
The expert, Sara Kinch, is of the opinion that this item
Reason: Reason: The artwork submitted for inquiry appears to be an original gouache painting that was created by the artist Alexander Calder (1898-1976) U.S. The signature, subject matter, time period for completion and style are all representative of the artist Alexander Calder.
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