Calder Foundation

Chess set

Date c. 1945
Wood and paint
30" × 30" × 3⁄8" (board)
Harvard Art Museums/Fogg Museum; Gift of Mrs. Ramona Longas de Sert & the estate of Dean Josep Lluís Sert
Works / Household Object 55
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1937–1945 Public Commissions and the War

In 1937, Calder completed Devil Fish, his first stabile enlarged from a model. He received two important commissions: Mercury Fountain (1937) and Lobster Trap and Fish Tail (1939). His first retrospective was held in 1938 at the George Walter Vincent Smith Gallery in Springfield, Massachusetts, followed by another in 1943 at the Museum of Modern Art in New York.