Calder Foundation

The Big I

Date 1944
Soft-ground etching on Rives
6 7⁄8" × 8 7⁄8"
Published by the Artist; distributed by Wittenborn & Co., New York
Printed by Atelier 17, New York
Edition size
Edition of 30
Works / Print 65
Related Timeline
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.