Sieb Posthuma

Alexander Calder’s Wonderful Wire

A richly imaginative tribute to Alexander Calder

With his two Golden Paint Brush awards, Sieb Posthuma is one of the top illustrators in the Netherlands. His new picture book about Alexander Calder reveals a different side to this extremely versatile artist.

Alexander had a wire. He could use it to make anything he saw in his mind: an umbrella for unexpected showers or a bunch of wire-haired dogs. But how could he make something that would move all by itself? Inspired by the life and work of Alexander Calder (1898–1976), Posthuma has written and illustrated a book in praise of the imagination. With one swift movement, his pen captures the most amazing and wonderful figures, which he highlights using the bright colours of Calder’s later mobiles.

Alexander Calder’s Wonderful Wire is part of a series of picture books about art produced by Leopold and the Gemeentemuseum in The Hague. This successful series differs from other art books for children because of its fictional element, which gives authors and illustrators the opportunity to combine their own creative skills with those of the artist they admire.

Sieb Posthuma

Illustrator and author Sieb Posthuma (1960 - 2014) began his career with illustrations for newspapers and magazines, and went on to create book covers and children’s books. He made his writing debut with books about his dog Rintje, which he both wrote and illustrated. In 2002, he won the…

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De draad van Alexander Calder (2012). Children's books, 32 pages.


Sieb Posthuma

Age: 4+
258 x 215 mm

Themes: picture book art



Wibautstraat 133
1097 DN Amsterdam
The Netherlands
Tel: +31 20 551 12 50


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