11,5 x 20,5 x 12 cm (4 1/2 x 8 1/4 x 4 3/4 in.)
with monogram on the right back hoof and numbered '1' on the underside of the left back leg Edition of 50 + 6 + 1 AP
In 1926 Calder had shaped his famous circus with wire, wood and fabric, peopled with acrobats and animals. But he only began working with bronze in 1930, when he was living in France. He built a separate studio near his house and found a foundry nearby, which also executed his monumental works. The horse reminds us of the early circus animals, it has the same handmade look, and the artist’s working process of kneading and shaping is clearly visible. Instead of using wax or clay, Calder executed the models for his bronzes in plaster, which dries quite fast. The artist, who had not cast the work in bronze by 1964, donated the edition to the documenta Foundation, which sold them and used the proceeds for funding the documenta III in 1964.