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Figa Brooch

Alexander Calder, American, 1898 - 1976

Made in Roxbury, Connecticut, United States, North and Central America

c. 1950

Silver, steel wire

2 5/8 x 3/8 x 4 9/16 inches (6.7 x 1 x 11.6 cm)

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

Curatorial Department:
American Art

* Gallery 104, American Art, first floor (Sherrerd Gallery)

Accession Number:

Credit Line:
Gift of Anne d'Harnoncourt in honor of the artist's centenary, 1998

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Alexander Calder was part of the third generation of a distinguished artistic Philadelphia family. Both his father and grandfather were important sculptors whose prominent public artworks can be seen throughout the city, including the sculpture campaign on City Hall and the Washington Monument Fountain in front of the Philadelphia Museum of Art. Although Calder pursued his artistic career elsewhere, Philadelphia has always claimed him as a member of the city's artistic progeny.

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