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László Moholy-Nagy

Artist:
Lucia Moholy (British, born Austria-Hungary, 1894–1989)
Date:
1926
Medium:
Gelatin silver print
Dimensions:
22.3 x 15.3 cm (8 3/4 x 6 in.)
Classification:
Photographs
Credit Line:
Ford Motor Company Collection, Gift of Ford Motor Company and John C. Waddell, 1987
Accession Number:
1987.1100.229
Rights and Reproduction:
© 2016 Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York
Not on view
A photographer and a scholar, Moholy published in 1939 A Hundred Years of Photography, one of the first histories of the medium to deal with more than technical issues. It opened with a quote of the famous nineteenth century French caricaturist Honoré Daumier: "Je suis de mon temps" (I am of my times). This simple and powerful statement equally applies to Moholy, her husband László Moholy-Nagy, and to this portrait.
Between 1923 and 1928, when Moholy-Nagy was a teacher at the Bauhaus in Dessau, Lucia Moholy was one of the most prolific photographers at the school. This portrait was made at the entrance to the "master's house" the two occupied at the Bauhaus. In the crisp and modern setting, wearing clothes both functional and elegant, Moholy-Nagy embodies the avant-garde artist of the 1920's
Inscription: Signed in pencil on print, verso, LC to LR: "foto: lucia moholy"; titled in pencil on print, verso, C: "Moholy-Nagy"
[Edwynn Houk to Waddell, August 20, 1984]; John C. Waddell

The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Johnson Gallery, Selections from the Collection 38," June 29, 2004–September 26, 2004.

There remains some question as to whether the name Lucia Moholy is a signature or an inscription by László Moholy-Nagy; JCW notes that Moholy has signed the print and inscribed the attribution to Lucia Moholy. Regarding the date, refer to Martin Gasser's notes.
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