Art/ Collection/ Art Object

[Lucia Moholy; Negative Print]

Artist:
László Moholy-Nagy (American (born Hungary), Borsod 1895–1946 Chicago, Illinois)
Date:
1924–28
Medium:
Gelatin silver print
Dimensions:
23.6 x 17.5 cm (9 5/16 x 6 7/8 in.)
Classification:
Photographs
Credit Line:
Warner Communications Inc. Purchase Fund, 1981
Accession Number:
1981.1163
Not on view
In keeping with the climate of visual and technical experimentation that characterized the Bauhaus, the German design school where he taught, Moholy-Nagy printed this unusual close-up portrait of his wife, Lucia (1899-1989), as a negative. Like his cameraless photographs, "photograms," which are abstract and spatially confusing, this striking portrait challenges traditional modes of visual representation and comprehension.
Inscription: Inscribed in pencil on print, verso LR: "foto moholy=nagy"; illegible stamp on print, verso LR
Raymond Grosset, Paris

The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Counterparts: Form and Emotion in Photographs," February 26, 1982–May 1, 1982.

Contemporary Arts Center, Cincinnati. "Counterparts: Form and Emotion in Photographs," May 20, 1982–July 2, 1982.

Dallas Museum of Art. "Counterparts: Form and Emotion in Photographs," August 4, 1982–September 13, 1982.

San Francisco Museum of Modern Art. "Counterparts: Form and Emotion in Photographs," November 19, 1982–January 9, 1983.

Corcoran Gallery of Art. "Counterparts: Form and Emotion in Photographs," February 22, 1983–April 18, 1983.

The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Faces from the Collection," January 1, 1987–May 1, 1987.

Montreal Museum of Fine Arts. "The 1920s: Age of the Metropolis," June 20, 1991–October 10, 1991.

Naef, Weston J. Counterparts: Form and Emotion in Photographs. New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art, 1982. no. 24.

For positive print see 1987.1100.231.
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