La Vague (The Wave). Original color lithograph, 1971. Edition of 100 signed and numbered impressions on Arches paper.
Alexander Calder is one of the most important kinetic artist form America. Although primarily known for his sculpture, he also created paintings and prints, miniatures, theater set design, jewelry design, tapestries, rugs, and political posters. “My whole theory about art is the disparity that exists between form, masses, and movement.” He named much of his work in French, like this one, regardless of where they were meant to be displayed. In the 1930. Calder visited Piet Mondrian’s studio, after which he seeks influence in Mondrian’s colors and geometry in Calder’s artwork. We see here typical Mondrian’s colors: red, yellow and blue, and black lines, which define geometric shapes in motion.