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Louisa's bureau photographed by Herbert Matter
Louisa Calder’s bureau at Roxbury, Connecticut, c. 1942, photograph by Herbert Matter, The Alexander and Louisa Calder Foundation, New York

 

Calder had a harmonious family life both as a child and an adult. He was known as Sandy to those close to him and was fond of both his parents, especially his mother, Nanette. He also got along well with his sister, Peggy. Calder and his wife, Louisa, had a long and happy marriage, raising two daughters, Sandra and Mary.

It is likely that Calder’s contented and supportive family life contributed to his extraordinary creativity and productivity, encouraging him to focus on his art. Many of his works, including jewelry and other small pieces, were gifts to those close to him. Calder was known for being reserved, in relation to both family and work. Although he rarely revealed his feelings, it is clear that this man, who was described as "one of the best natured fellows there is" was devoted to those he held dear.



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