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MOHOLY-NAGY, Laszlo (1895 - 1946)

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Date: 1936-9

Media: oil on canvas

Size: 96.5 x 76.1 cm

Acquired: 1977; Purchase

Accession Number: NMW A 822

The Hungarian Moholy-Nagy encountered Dada and Constructivism in Berlin in 1919-23 and worked at the Bauhaus in 1923-28. The cryptic title of this Constructivist painting indicates that it was begun in London and completed after Moholy-Nagy's move to Chicago in 1937. At this time he had totally rejected representationalism. This painting is a study for a construction made of layers of perspex and metal which would harness light and reflections to produce a transient immaterial image.

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