In Alexander Calder, Artist Birthdays

EDWARD HOPPER (July 22, 1882 – May 15, 1967)

  • Nationality: American
  • Field: Painting, printmaking
  • Art Movement: American Realism
  • ARTiFact: House by the Railroad (1925) is said to have inspired Alfred Hitchcock, who used it as the model for the Bates Hotel in Psycho.
  • Artist Quote: “The man’s the work. Something doesn’t come out of nothing.”
  • Important Artwork (shown below): Nighthawks, 1942.

Edward Hopper. Nighthawks. 1942.

ALEXANDER CALDER (July 22, 1898 – November 11, 1976)

  • Nationality: American
  • Field: Sculpture, painting
  • Art Movement: Surrealism, Kinetic sculpture
  • ARTiFact: Famous for inventing the mobile, a term coined by fellow artist Marcel Duchamp in 1931.
  • Artist Quote: “To an engineer, good enough means perfect. With an artist, there’s no such thing as perfect.”
  • Important Artwork (shown below): Red Lily Pads (Nénuphars rouges), 1956.

Red Lily Pads (Nénuphars rouges), 1956. © 2007 Calder Foundation, New York/Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York. Photo: David Heald

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