Calder Foundation

Cadre rouge

Date 1932
Media
Sheet metal, wood, wire, and paint
Dimensions
35" × 30 1⁄4" × 26 1⁄2"
Collection
Philadelphia Museum of Art; A. E. Gallatin Collection, 1946 (no. 1946-70-8)
Historical Photos  1
Related exhibitions  1
National Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C. (1998)

National Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C. Alexander Calder: 1898–1976. 29 March–12 July 1998.

Solo Exhibition
Works / Panel / Frame 24
Works / Wall Sculpture 38
Related Timeline
1930–1936 Shift to Abstraction

Following a visit in October of 1930 to Piet Mondrian’s studio, where he was impressed by the environmental installation, Calder made his first wholly abstract compositions and invented the kinetic sculpture now known as the mobile. Coined for these works by Marcel Duchamp in 1931, the word “mobile” refers to both “motion” and “motive” in French. He also created stationary abstract works that Jean Arp dubbed “stabiles.”