A fresh and clean example, displaying rich original colors, of the lithograph print "Convection", from the "Flying Colors" series, 1974/75, by famed modernist artist ALEXANDER CALDER (1898-1976). In 1972 Braniff Airlines famously commissioned the artist to paint one of their DC-8 jets in a then-shockingly bold paint livery scheme. The jet went on to become an international sensation and a bit of pop art in its own right. Several years later Calder created the Flying Colors set of five prints. This is an example of one of those, measuring 19 3/4" by 26" inside the framing (22" by 28" in the attractive black frame with gold inner fillet). The edition was signed in the plate only, unnumbered, and of uncertain size (though some say edition of 175; this seems very seriously low). Calder's artistic career got off to a slow start in the 1940's and earlier, but his reputation grew steadily as the century wore on. In 2014, a "mobile" kinetic sculpture brought nearly $26 million at Christie's, erasing any question as to Calder's importance in the trail of modern art history. A fine piece for the wall in your Mid Century home.
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