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Alexander Calder

Alexander Calder was born on July 22, 1898 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Growing up his parents who were artists, encouraged Calder and his siblings to make art; even though they did not want them to become artists. He trained as a mechanical engineer and received a degree from Stevens Institute of Technology in 1919. For the next several years he worked many different engineering jobs, such as assistant to a hydraulics engineer and engineer in a Canadian logging camp, but he didn’t like any of the jobs.

After seeing one early morning sunrise he was inspired and decided he would be an artists. He then moved back to New York and enrolled in the Art Students’ Leugue. After graduating Calder moved to Paris, taking a wire model circus that he made in the school with him. In Paris he presented shows with his mini circus.

In 1931 alexander Calder met and married his wife, Louisa James. The had Two

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