Bareback Riders

Alexander Calder, American, 1898 - 1976

Made in United States, North and Central America


Pen and black ink on wove paper

Sheet: 14 1/16 x 19 inches (35.7 x 48.3 cm)

© Calder Foundation, New York / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York

Curatorial Department:
Prints, Drawings, and Photographs

* Prints, Drawings, and Photographs Study Gallery, Perelman Building, first floor

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Purchased with the Thomas Skelton Harrison Fund, 1941

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While Calder was in Paris between 1926 and 1932, he created an entire miniature circus composed of figures and animals made of wood and wire. These in turn inspired him to make a series of drawings that reflected the way he used wire in his sculptures. The drawing is also a virtuoso performance of the art of penmanship.

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