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Franz Roh

Artist:
Lucia Moholy (British, born Austria-Hungary, 1894–1989)
Date:
1926
Medium:
Gelatin silver print
Dimensions:
11.0 x 8.0 cm (4 5/16 x 3 1/8 in.)
Classification:
Photographs
Credit Line:
Ford Motor Company Collection, Gift of Ford Motor Company and John C. Waddell, 1987
Accession Number:
1987.1100.105
Rights and Reproduction:
© 2016 Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York
Not on view
Roh was an art historian and a major apologist for the new vision. His trilingual book Foto-Auge (1929), published in the context of the Film und Foto exhibition, remains a most cogent summation of it. Lucia Moholy portrays him with eyes closed behind rimless glasses, as if to suggest the incompatibility of normal sight with insight. The portrait perfectly illustrated Andre Breton's 1925 statement: "...with closed eyes it is broad daylight to my silent contemplation."
Inscription: Inscribed and signed in pencil, verso C: "Franz Roh // 1926 // Lucia Moholy"; stamped verso sideways at left edge: "COPYRIGHT BY LUCIA MOHOLY"; stamped verso LR: "FOTO LUCIA MOHOLY-BERLIN // Ohne Erlaubnis // Reproduktion Verboten"; inscribed in ink, verso UC: "Fross [illegible] // in sonne"; inscribed in green pencil, verso C: "roh // roh.h.-5"; inscribed in ink, verso LR [near stamp]: "W50 // spichearustr. 20";
[Rudolf Kicken]; John C. Waddell, February 13, 1984

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