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Man-Eater with Pennants

Date 1945
Sheet metal, rod, and paint
16'9" × 25' × 12'
The Museum of Modern Art, New York; Purchase
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1 June 1945

Commissioned by the Museum of Modern Art, New York, to make a work for the sculpture garden, Calder creates Man-Eater with Pennants.

Works / Monumental Sculpture 211
Works / Standing Mobile 249
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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.