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