I always have been a fan of Alexander Calder but this is one of my favorite artworks of his career. When race car driver and auctioneer Herve Poulain asked his friend, artist Alexander Calder, to paint the BMW 3.0 CLS that he would race in the 1975 Le Mans endurance race, it was the beginning of a truly gorgeous concept. Calderâ€™s design of the BMW 3.0 CSL was the first Art Car ever, and one of his last works of art before he died in 1976. His rendition of the BMW Art Car boasts powerful colors and attractive curving expanses, which he applied generously to the wings, hood and roof.
Calder saw his art in action when he attended the Le Mans 24-hour race as a guest to witness his workâ€™s premiere.
Born in 1898 in Philadelphia, legendary American artist Alexander Calder began his career as an engineer. But art soon won out over engineering (Calder’s father and grandfather were both sculptors). At 28, Calder moved to Paris, where he came into contact with the avant-garde scene. Drawn to both art and technology, he developed a uniquely individual style of sculpture. His often large-scale pieces have a buoyant, whimsical effect, and are painted in cheery primary colors. Often mobile sculptures, they combine Calder’s love of art with his knowledge of engineering. His most famous works of abstract art entitled â€œMobilesâ€ were viewed as the most innovative sculptures of the 20 th century.