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“Three Figures and a Sun” (1953) by Alexander Calder depicts Pablo Picasso with two women. It was in this year that Francois Gilot left Picasso and he began his relationship with Jacqueline, which may have been behind the decision to show Picasso flanked by two women. This gouache resulted from a highly productive year-long stay Calder spent in Aix-en-Provence where, parallel to his sculptural practice, he produced a series of important gouache works on paper. Motifs of the artist’s sculptural work appear in this gouache in more immediate 2-dimensional form as well as more representational. Here we see the three figures on the beach with a sun, rendered in Calder’s characteristic exuberant black line work, which gives way to spirals and bold stripes.

This work measure 29 x 42 in. (73.7 x 106.7 cm.)
Framed dimensions measure 37 x 50 in. (94 x 127 cm.)

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The seller has recorded the following condition for this lot:
Work has been archivally restored and is in great condition. Paper has been cleaned, is unblemished and stain free. Hinges were removed and replaced.

Frame has white gold leaf on face with black mat around edges. Matted with 1/4 inch float, under museum glass.

Definition Key
Image The central image area, composition, or focal point; the area inside the margins/plate marks.
Margin Areas bordering the central image, outside the plate marks, or the perimeter area.
Edge The farthest edge of the object.
Verso The reverse/back of the object.

Minor An existing condition which generally does not involve risk of loss.
Moderate Noticeable damage, increasing in severity and/or size; should be monitored or corrected by a conservator.
Major Distinct, recognizable damage; the stability of the work is questionable and risk is a factor. Requires the attention of a conservator.
Extreme Advanced and severe damage; work is insecure and at great risk.

  • Nicholas Guppy, London Sotheby's Parke Barnet, London, April 5, 1979, [Lot 499] Private Collection Sotheby's New York: Wednesday, March 9, 2011 [Lot 188] Private Collection, IL
  • Pickup Location: Illinois, USA
  • Shipping Dimensions: 37 x 50 in. (93.98 x 127 cm.)
  • Framed Under: Glass
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