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László Moholy-Nagy

László Moholy-Nagy
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Artist
Lucia Moholy, 18 Jan 1894 - 17 May 1989
Sitter
László Moholy-Nagy, 20 Jul 1895 - 24 Nov 1946
Date
c. 1925
Type
Photograph
Medium
Gelatin silver print
Dimensions
Image: 24.4cm x 18.6cm (9 5/8" x 7 5/16")
Sheet: 25.3cm x 20.4cm (9 15/16" x 8 1/16")
Topic
Costume\Dress Accessory\Eyeglasses
László Moholy-Nagy: Male
László Moholy-Nagy: Visual Arts\Artist\Sculptor
László Moholy-Nagy: Literature\Writer
László Moholy-Nagy: Visual Arts\Artist\Painter
László Moholy-Nagy: Visual Arts\Artist\Photographer
László Moholy-Nagy: Education\Educator\Teacher
Portrait
Credit Line
National Portrait Gallery, Smithsonian Institution
Restrictions & Rights
Usage conditions apply
Copyright
© Estate of László Moholy-Nagy / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York
Object number
NPG.91.106
Exhibition Label
Born Bácsborsód, Hungary
László Moholy-Nagy studied law and served in the Austro-Hungarian Army during World War I before deciding to become an artist. As the youngest teacher at the Bauhaus in Germany, where he taught from 1923 to 1928, he infused his courses with his deep interest in combining technology and art. During this time, Lucia Moholy, a prolific photographer at the school and his spouse, portrayed him in a way that demonstrates their mutual interest in experimenting with photographic perspective to reinterpret the world around them.
Moholy-Nagy continued working across media, embracing painting, sculpture, design, and architecture, to name just a few. In 1937, he brought his methods to Chicago, where he founded the New Bauhaus (later the School of Design and, more recently, the Institute of Design). Moholy-Nagy’s teachings in Germany and the United States influenced generations of students, who went on to become leading figures in their fields.
Nacido en Bácsborsód, Hungría
László Moholy-Nagy estudió derecho y sirvió en el ejército austrohúngaro durante la I Guerra Mundial, antes de dedicarse al arte. Entre 1923 y 1928 fue el maestro más joven de la escuela Bauhaus en Alemania, y como tal sus cursos reflejaban su gran interés en combinar el arte y la tecnología. Los retratos que le tomó en esa época Lucia Moholy, su esposa y fotógrafa prolífica de la escuela, demuestran el interés de ambos en experimentar con la perspectiva fotográfica para reinterpretar el mundo que los rodeaba.
Moholy-Nagy trabajó en diversos medios como la pintura, la escultura, el diseño y la arquitectura, por mencionar algunos. En 1937 llevó sus métodos a Chicago, donde fundó la New Bauhaus (luego Escuela de Diseño y actualmente Instituto de Diseño). Las enseñanzas de Moholy-Nagy en Alemania y Estados Unidos influyeron a varias generaciones de estudiantes que llegaron a ser figuras destacadas en sus campos.
Data Source
National Portrait Gallery