Alexander Calder ( American, 1898 - 1976 )

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General Description

Alexander Calder's Flower is a delicate and whimsical study of balance and motion. Informed by the most important art movements in early 20th-century Europe, Calder's work has always been greatly inspired by the rhythms and movements of nature. Liberating sculpture from its pedestal, Calder revolutionized the medium and introduced motion into modern art. Dallas's mobile, Flower, combines a Constructivist's love of the mechanical, a Dadaist's sense of play, a Futurist's celebration of movement, and a Surrealist's exploration of the organic and biomorphic. Flower is a unique universe of forms, turning, moving, and dancing, quietly and gently. It represents not only the earth, said Calder, but also "the miles of gas above it, volcanoes upon it, and the moon making circles around it."

Adapted from

  • Suzanne Weaver, "Flower," in Dallas Museum of Art: A Guide to the Collection, ed. Charles Venable (New Haven, NJ: Yale University Press, 1997), 272.

  • DMA unpublished material, Label copy.

Fun Facts

  • This work was the first acquisition for the DMA's Contemporary art department.

Web Resources

  • DMA Uncrated
    Read about the conservation and reinstallation of Calder's Flower.