Modern and Contemporary Art
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Artist: László Moholy-Nagy, American, born Hungary, 1895–1946



Oil and pencil on galalith

42 × 52.7 cm (16 9/16 × 20 3/4 in.)
Gift of Collection Société Anonyme
Not on view
20th century

In possession of the Societe Anonyme by Autumn 1926, gift of the artist, 1937


Robert L. Herbert, Eleanor S. Apter, and Elise K. Kenney, The Société Anonyme and the Dreier Bequest at Yale University: A Catalogue Raisonné (New Haven, Conn.: Yale University Press, 1984), 467, no. 479, ill.

Collection of the Société Anonyme: Museum of Modern Art 1920 (New Haven, Conn.: Yale University Art Gallery, 1950), 13, ill.

Ingrid Pfeiffer and Max Hollein, eds., Laszlo Moholy-Nagy: Retrospective, exh. cat. (Frankfurt: Schirn Kunsthalle, 2009), 41, fig. 9.

Ruth L. Bohan, The Société Anonyme’s Brooklyn Exhibition: Katherine Dreier and Modernism in America (Ann Arbor, Mich.: University of Michigan Research Press, 1982), 150.

Krisztina Passuth, Moholy-Nagy (Budapest: Corvina, 1982).

László Moholy-Nagy, The New Vision: Fundamentals of Design, Painting, Sculpture, Architecture (New York: W. W. Norton, 1938).

Lucia Moholy, Marginalien zu Moholy-Nagy: Dokumentarische Ungereimtheiten-Moholy-Nagy (Krefeld, Germany: Scherpe, 1972).

Sibyl Moholy-Nagy, Moholy-Nagy: Experiment in Totality (New York: Harper, 1950).

Krisztina Passuth, Magyar Muveszek as Europai Avantfarde–Ban (Budapest: Corvina, 1974).

Hannah Weitemeier, Laszlo Moholy-Nagy (Stuttgart, Germany: Gerd Hatje, 1974), Comp. cit.

Hans Maria Wingler, The Bauhaus: Weimar, Dessau, Berlin, Chicago (Cambridge, Mass.: The MIT Press, 1969).

Hans Maria Wingler, Laszlo Moholy-Nagy, Ausschnitte aus einem Lebenswerk (Berlin: Bauhaus Archiv, 1972), Comp. cit.

Laszlo Moholy-Nagy, exh. cat. (Paris: Centre Georges Pompidou, 1976), Comp. cit.

Krisztina Passuth, L. Moholy-Nagy, exh. cat. (London: The Arts Council of Great Britain, 1980), Comp. cit.

Richard Kostelanetz, Moholy-Nagy (New York: Praeger, 1970).

Joseph Harris Caton, The Utopian Vision of Moholy-Nagy (Ann Arbor, Mich.: University of Michigan Research Press, 1980).

Laszlo Moholy-Nagy: Compositions Lumineuses, 1922–1943, exh. cat. (Paris: Centre Georges Pompidou, 1995), Comp. cit.

Louis Kaplan, ed., Laszlo Moholy-Nagy: Biographical Writings (Durham, N.C.: Duke University Press, 1995).

Catherine David, Laszlo Moholy-Nagy (Stuttgart, Germany: Gerd Hatje, 1991), Comp. cit.

Laszlo Moholy-Nagy: Fotogramas 1922–1943, exh. cat. (Madrid: Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofia, 1997), 54, 160, Comp. cit.

Laszlo Moholy-Nagy, exh. cat. (Marseille, France: Musée Cantini Marseille, 1991), Comp. cit.

Laszlo Moholy-Nagy, exh. cat. (Chicago: Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago, 1969), Comp cit.

Laszlo Moholy-Nagy, Laszlo Peri: Zwei Künstler der Ungarischen Avantgarde in Berlin, 1920–1925, exh. cat. (Bremen, Germany: Graphisches Kabinett Kunsthandel Wolfgang Werner KG, 1987), n.p., Comp. cit.

Matthew S. Witkovsky, Moholy-Nagy: Future Present, exh. cat. (Chicago: Art Institute of Chicago, 2016), 73.

Carlotta Castellani, “The Hungarian MA Circle in the Société Anonyme Collection: Sándor Bortnyik, László Moholy-Nagy, and László Péri,” Yale Review (2020–2021): 94–103, fig. 5.

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