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He met Louisa James (a grandniece of writer Henry James) on one of these steamer journeys and the two were married in January 1931.
He also became friendly with many prominent artists and intellectuals of the early twentieth century at this time, including Joan Miró, Fernand Léger, James Johnson Sweeney, and Marcel Duchamp. I always thought I was born—at least my mother always told me so—on August 22, 1898.
Calder worked for several years after graduation at various jobs, including as a hydraulics and automotive engineer, timekeeper in a logging camp, and fireman in a ship's boiler room.
While serving in the latter occupation, on a ship from New York bound for San Francisco, Calder awoke on the deck to see both a brilliant sunrise and a scintillating full moon; each was visible on opposite horizons (the ship then lay off the Guatemalan coast).
The experience made a lasting impression on Calder: he would refer to it throughout his life.
Calder also constructed sets for ballets by both Martha Graham and Eric Satie during the 1930s, and continued to give performances. Directed by Jean-Michel Meurice and Jean Pierre Marchand; produced by Eliane Victor. (Calder 1966, 28–29) December: For Christmas, Calder presents his parents with a dog and a duck that he trimmed from a brass sheet and bent into formation.Calder was encouraged to create, and from the age of eight he always had his own workshop wherever the family lived.For Christmas in 1909, Calder presented his parents with two of his first sculptures, a tiny dog and duck cut from a brass sheet and bent into formation.In October of 1930, Calder visited the studio of Piet Mondrian in Paris and was deeply impressed by a wall of colored paper rectangles that Mondrian continually repositioned for compositional experiments. But my grandfather Milne’s birthday was on August 23, so there might have been a little confusion.
He recalled later in life that this experience "shocked" him toward total abstraction. Produced, directed, and written by Robert Pierce; narrated by Lary Lewman; production manager, Mark Muheim, assistant camera/sound, Zack Krieger. Thirteen/WNET and Florentine Films/Roger Sherman Pictures, New York. Produced and directed by Roger Sherman; written by Thomas Mc Namee; narrated by Tovan Feldshuh, music by Teese Gohl. Produced by Zadig Productions, Calder Foundation, Centre Pompidou, Sloo Films, and France 5. Directed by François Levy-Kuentz; written by Stephan and François Levy-Kuentz; narration by Mathieu Almaric and Paul Bandey; music by Louis Sclavis. Produced and commissioned by the Calder Foundation, New York, in collaboration with Victoria Brooks. In 1942, when I wrote the Philadelphia City Hall for a birth certificate, I sent them a dollar and they told me I was born on the twenty-second of July, 1898.Paper costumes for A Nightmare Side Show, one of thirteen group processions performed during Paper Ball: Le Cirque des Chiffonniers, First Hartford Festival, Wadsworth Atheneum, Hartford, Connecticut, 15 February 1936 Standing, left to right: André Masson, Kay Sage, and Calder; sitting, left to right: André Breton, Susanna Perkins Hare, Louisa Calder, Rose Masson, Diego Masson, Charlie Prescott, Mary Calder, and Teeny Matisse, Roxbury, 1941 Alexander Calder was born in 1898, the second child of artist parents—his father was a sculptor and his mother a painter.