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c. 1930

Alexander Calder, Varèse, c. 1930. Wire, 13 3/4 × 11 5/8 × 14 1/2 in. (34.9 × 29.5 × 36.8 cm). Whitney Museum of American Art, New York; 50th Anniversary Gift of Mrs. Louise Varèse in honor of Gertrude Vanderbilt Whitney  80.25  On view in the museum  On view in the museum
© 2009 Calder Foundation, New York / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York
Alexander Calder made wire portraits of celebrities—artists, composers, and actors who were well known at the time—and of his friends, family, and people he knew and saw often. Calder used different thicknesses of wire, bending it into lines and shapes to make the portraits. This is a portrait of the French composer Edgard Varèse. The composer and the artist were neighbors. They lived in the same building in Paris. Varèse liked to visit Calder and watch him work.
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