Calder Foundation

Just Before the Battle, Mother!

Date 1944
Media
Ink and watercolor on paper
Dimensions
10 1⁄4" × 11 3⁄8"
Collection
Calder Foundation, New York; Mary Calder Rower Bequest, 2011
Works / Work on Paper 260
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.