Calder Foundation

The Water Lily

Date 1945
Sheet metal, wire, and paint
53 7⁄8" × 7'9" × 67"
Philadelphia Museum of Art; Gift of Frances & Bayard Storey in memory of Anne d'Harnoncourt, 2013 (no. 2013-70-1a-3)
Related exhibitions  1
Whitney Museum of American Art, New York (2017)

Whitney Museum of American Art, New York. Calder: Hypermobility. 9 June–23 October 2017.

Solo Exhibition
Works / Standing Mobile 268
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.