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Jacaranda, 1949

Alexander Calder
American, 1898 - 1976
wire and sheet metal with oil paint
335 x 444.5 cm (approx.)
Purchased 1977
National Gallery of Canada (no. 18812)
© Calder Foundation, New-York / Artists Rights Society (ARS) New-York / SODRAC, Montréal (2013)

Alexander Calder's invention of the mobile liberated sculpture from a static base, setting it in motion. These abstract forms are inspired by the jacaranda tree, which the artist saw during a visit to Brazil. Hints of the long, graceful branches and leaves can be seen in the carefully balanced wires and floating forms.