Calder Foundation

Praying Mantis

Date 1936
Media
Wood, rod, wire, string, and paint
Dimensions
78" × 51" × 40"
Collection
Wadsworth Atheneum, Hartford; Purchased through the gift of Henry & Walter Keney, 1938
Historical Photos  2
Related exhibitions  1
The Museum of Modern Art, New York (1943)

The Museum of Modern Art, New York. Alexander Calder: Sculptures and Constructions. 29 September 1943–16 January 1944.

Solo Exhibition
Works / Standing Mobile 247
Related Timeline
1930–1936 Shift to Abstraction

Following a visit in October of 1930 to Piet Mondrian’s studio, where he was impressed by the environmental installation, Calder made his first wholly abstract compositions and invented the kinetic sculpture now known as the mobile. Coined for these works by Marcel Duchamp in 1931, the word “mobile” refers to both “motion” and “motive” in French. He also created stationary abstract works that Jean Arp dubbed “stabiles.”