Browse The Collection


Europe, 1931
Alexander Stirling Calder (American, 1870 – 1945)

This sculpture is one of a series of 4, each representing Asia, Africa, Europe, and America. Each continent is represented by pairs, meant to convey the complexity and diversity of cultures on each continent. Upon completion of and installation of the sculptures, director of the museum Horace H. F. Jayne asked Calder if the statues could face the street rather than the museum- Calder, however, explained that the figures should reflect the museum's "pensive atmosphere" in which the figures contemplatively turned toward the building's courtyard.