Untitled, circa 1931 signed 'Calder' (center right) ink and gouache on paper laid down on board 19⅞ x 27⅞in. (50.7 x 70.9cm)
PROVENANCE: Mies van der Rohe Collection, Chicago. Anne Easton Rodgers Collection, Chicago (a gift from the above circa 1937). By descent from the above to the present owners.
This work is registered in the archives of the Calder Foundation, New York, under application no. A26098.
"An art dealer, Marie Sterner, had told me to paint athletic events so with my Police Gazette pass in had, I went to bicycle races and fights. The bike races, the sprints especially, were very funny, with great big fellows trying to stand up motionless on their pedals to later speed by the opponent who had been forced into the lead. I went to the circus, Ringling Brothers and Barnum & Bailey. I spent two full weeks there practically every day and night. I could tell by the music what act was getting on and used to rush to some vantage point. Some acts were better seen from above and others from below. At the end of these two weeks, I took a half-page layout to the Police Gazette and Robinson said, 'We can't do anything with these people, the bastards never send us any tickets.'" (A. Calder in 1965, quoted in A. Calder, CALDER, an Autobiography with Pictures, New York 1966, pp. 72-73)