László Moholy-Nagy (American (born Hungary), Borsod 1895–1946 Chicago, Illinois)
Gelatin silver print
23.5 x 17.1 cm (9 1/4 x 6 3/4 in.)
Ford Motor Company Collection, Gift of Ford Motor Company and John C. Waddell, 1987
Not on view
Moholy-Nagy was a central figure at the Bauhaus in Weimar and Dessau from 1923 to 1928 and at the New Bauhaus (later the Institute of Design) in Chicago from 1937 until his death. As both an artist and educator, Moholy-Nagy used photography as a means of challenging conventions of visual perception and representation. In this overhead view of a ship's gangplank, the unusual vantage point transforms the visual field into a relatively flat, abstract composition, structured by dynamic diagonals and punctuated by the bright white circles of the sailors' hats.
Inscription: Inscribed in pencil in unknown hand on the verso: "Heranrollen // der Treppe // an das Schiff"; inscribed in pencil on the verso: "-(J. Rona)"; artist's stamps in purple ink on the verso
The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Johnson Gallery, Selections from the Collection 34," February 25, 2003–June 22, 2003.
Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum. "Moholy-Nagy: Future Present," May 27, 2016–September 7, 2016.
Art Institute of Chicago. "Moholy-Nagy: Future Present," October 2, 2016–January 3, 2017.
Los Angeles County Museum of Art. "Moholy-Nagy: Future Present," February 12, 2017–June 18, 2017.
Witkovsky, Matthew, Carol S. Eliel, and Karole P. B. Vail, ed. Moholy–Nagy: Future Present. Chicago: Art Institute of Chicago, 2016. no. 153, p. 123.