Find, Learn, Price Art
Enjoy the comprehensive art database we've compiled since 1987
Membership Details
Images, sales charts, bios, signatures, 30 artist Alerts and more ...
Art auction records:  Millions of references for pricing research
Or, register for Free Alerts
To track 10 artists.

Already a member?  Sign in here

Alexander Calder

 (1846 - 1923)
Alexander Milne Calder was active/lived in Pennsylvania / Scotland.  Alexander Calder is known for sculptor-heroic statue, architectural decoration.

Alexander Calder

    KAWL-der    click to hear

Born in Aberdeen, Scotland, Alexander Milne Calder made Pennsylvania his home in 1868 and earned the commission to create the decorative sculptural program for the City Hall of Philadelphia.  This project consumed much of his career, and while supervising it, he oversaw a small army of artisans and workmen who used Old World skills in the "tremendous decorative sculptural program" (Baigell 58)

One of his best-known works is likely the huge statue of William Penn on top of the City Hall in Philadelphia.  With naturalistic likeness, it is based on Benjamin West's depiction of the state's founder and is 36 feet tall and weighs 26 tons.  This project was the main focus of Calder's professional life between 1886 a  ...  Displaying 750 of 1235 characters.

Subscriber Members, please Sign In for artist biographies and for all services.  Others, full text is available on Fridays.

If you are not currently a member, please See Details about membership, which includes biography access, auction records, and many other features available to our day, month, or yearly Subscriber Members!

  Full access to biographies is
  free each Friday

About  Alexander Calder

Born:  1846 - Aberdeen, Scotland
Died:   1923
Known for:  sculptor-heroic statue, architectural decoration