Nenuphar

Copied Alexander Calder, Nenuphar, 1968, sheet steel, Smithsonian American Art Museum, Gift of the artist, 1968.62.1

Artwork Details

Title
Nenuphar
Date
1968
Location
Not on view
Dimensions
103 14106 12119 18 in. (262.4270.5302.5 cm.)
Credit Line
Gift of the artist
Mediums
Mediums Description
sheet steel
Classifications
Keywords
  • Abstract
Object Number
1968.62.1

Artwork Description

Nenuphar was built at Calder's workshop in France for the 1968 opening of the Smithsonian American Art Museum. It is one of the artist's stabiles, or fixed sculptures, and the lyrical shapes cut from sheet steel convey the same gentle, graceful movement as his mobiles. Six silhouettes evoke the dark reflections of the water lily's flowering stalk and curling leaves. In fact, Calder conjured the entire intricate world of a windswept pond, varying the tendrils to suggest the shadowy presence of birds and fish among the lilies.

Exhibition Label, Smithsonian American Art Museum, 2006