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Devil Fish

Alexander Calder

Devil Fish

Alexander Calder
  • Date: 1937
  • Style: Abstract Art, Surrealism
  • Period: PUBLIC COMMISSIONS AND THE WAR: 1937–1945
  • Theme: Stabile
  • Genre: sculpture, stabile

Counterpoint to his mobiles, Calder created many stabiles, composed of intersecting shaped planes of bolted sheet metal, often painted a single color. Devil Fish was the first larger-scale stabile Calder made. By forming combinations of curved biomorphic shapes, Calder creates a swirling sense of motion, even in a static sculpture such as this. Later stabiles combined both organic and geometric forms.

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