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Man Cub

Artist:
Alexander Stirling Calder (American, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 1870–1945 Brooklyn, New York)
Date:
1901–2, cast 1922
Medium:
Bronze
Dimensions:
45 x 15 x 14 in. (114.3 x 38.1 x 35.6 cm)
Classification:
Sculpture
Credit Line:
Rogers Fund, 1922
Accession Number:
22.89
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 774
Calder modeled this lifesize portrait of his son, Alexander (1898-1976) when he was four years of age. Sandy Calder posed in his father’s studio, holding an orange in his right hand. He later became one of the most influential American sculptors of the twentieth century, best known for his invention of the mobile and the stabile. This cast has a distinctive blue-green patina, applied to the surface of the bronze to give it a weathered appearance.
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