At Home with Alexander Calder
In the summer of 1933, the inventor of the mobile and loquacious bon vivant Alexander Calder and his wife Louisa left their home in Paris and returned to the U.S. leaving behind their circle of friends which included artists such as Piet Mondrian, Man Ray, Fernand Léger and Kiki de Montparnasse. At the time, Hitler had denounced modern art and Europe was under the ominous threat of war.
As soon as the recently wed couple reached New York, they began their search for a new home where they could raise a family and Calder could work. After viewing several properties, they found a dilapidated eighteenth-century farmhouse in Roxbury, Connecticut. Both Louisa and Calder later claimed to have been the first to exclaim, “That’s it!”
By Mark Connolly & Kate Orne
All photographs by Herbert Matter
©2018 Calder Foundation / Artists Right Society, NY
This feature was originally published in Issue 2 — Limited copies avail.