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The circus became a lifelong interest of Calder's, and after moving to Paris in 1926, he created his , a complex and unique body of art.
The assemblage included diminutive performers, animals, and props he had observed at the Ringling Bros. Fashioned from wire, leather, cloth, and other found materials, was designed to be manipulated manually by Calder.
and Barnum & Bailey Circus to sketch circus scenes for two weeks in 1925.
For three weeks following this visit, he created solely abstract paintings, only to discover that he did indeed prefer sculpture to painting. So I sent them another dollar and told them, “Look again.” They corroborated the first statement., in Philadelphia. (Calder 1966, 13) Spring: Stirling Calder contracts tuberculosis. (Calder 1966, 15; Hayes 1977, 18) End of March: Nanette picks up Calder and Peggy and they rejoin their father in Oracle.
Soon after, he was invited to join Abstraction-Création, an influential group of artists (including Jean Arp, Mondrian, and Jean Hélion) with whom he had become friendly. Calder's parents move to a ranch in Oracle, Arizona, leaving Calder and his sister Peggy in the care of Dr. Calder befriends Riley, an elderly man recuperating at the ranch who shows him "how to make a wigwam out of burlap bags pinned together with nails." (Calder 1966, 16) Fall: The Calders move to Pasadena, California.
Calder worked for several years after graduation at various jobs, including as a hydraulics and automotive engineer, timekeeper in a logging camp, and fireman in a ship's boiler room.
While serving in the latter occupation, on a ship from New York bound for San Francisco, Calder awoke on the deck to see both a brilliant sunrise and a scintillating full moon; each was visible on opposite horizons (the ship then lay off the Guatemalan coast).
James Johnson Sweeney, who had become a close friend, wrote the catalogue's preface. Part of the series "Festival du court-métrage." Société Nouvelle Pathé-Cinema, Paris. Calder has a cellar for his workshop and attends Croton Public School.