Calder Foundation

The Four Elements

Date 1961
Media
Sheet metal and paint, with motor
Dimensions
30' high
Collection
Moderna Museet, Stockholm
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1953–1962 Large-scale Developments and Intercontinental Projects

During a yearlong stay in Aix-en-Provence, Calder executed the first group of large-scale outdoor works and concurrently concentrated on painting gouaches. In 1954–55, he visited the Middle East, India, and South America, with trips to Paris in between, resulting in an astonishing output and range of work. Toward the late 1950s, Calder turned his attention to commissions both at home and abroad.