Alexander Stirling Calder (American, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 1870–1945 Brooklyn, New York)
12 x 5 x 5 in. (30.5 x 12.7 x 12.7 cm)
Rogers Fund, 1922
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 768
Calder, father of the famous modern artist, sculpted many small, informal studies of nudes engaged in the commonplace actions of day-to-day life. “Scratching Her Heel” depicts its subject in a natural, though complicated, pose: bending and twisting to reach the left heel with the left hand. The cast has a fragile blue-green patina, lending it a weathered appearance.
Signature: [front of base]: CALDER
Marking: [foundry mark, back of base]: ROMAN BRONZE WORKS N– Y–
Artist: Alexander Stirling Calder (American, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 1870–1945 Brooklyn, New York)Date: ca. 1920sMedium: Watercolor and red chalk on tan wove paperAccession: 63.200.8On view in:Not on view