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125
László Moholy-Nagy
'STOCKHOLM'
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125
László Moholy-Nagy
'STOCKHOLM'
Estimate
30,00050,000
LOT SOLD. 112,500 USD
JUMP TO LOT

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László Moholy-Nagy
1895-1946
'STOCKHOLM'
signed and titled in ink, the photographer's 'moholy-nagy, berlin-chbg. 9, fredericiastr. 27 atelier' studio stamp on the reverse, 1930; accompanied by the original frame backing with a 'Julien Levy Gallery, 602 Madison Avenue, New York' label, with typed credit and title (2)
11 1/2  by 8 1/2  in. (29.2 by 21.6 cm.)
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Literature

Der Querschnitt, May 1932, Year 12, Issue 5, opposite page 328

Variant:

Leland D. Rice and David W. Steadman, Photographs of Moholy-Nagy from the Collection of William Larson (Claremont College, 1975), p. 53

Andreas Haus, Photographs and Photograms: Moholy-Nagy (New York, 1980), pl. 10

László Moholy-Nagy: The Art of Light (Madrid, 2010), p. 43

Catalogue Note

The image offered here is one of at least two photographs made by Moholy-Nagy in 1930 from this elevated perspective above Stockholm.  As with his photographs taken above Marseille, Paris’s Eiffel Tower, and Berlin’s radio tower, among others, Stockholm demonstrates Moholy’s inventive use of a high vantage point to redefine and abstract pictorial space. 

This image was reproduced in the May 1932 issue of Der Querschnitt, a leading arts and culture journal of Weimar Germany.  Launched in 1921 by the influential German art dealer Alfred Flechtheim, Der Querschnitt illustrated several of Moholy’s photographs before the magazine was banned as subversive in 1936. 

The present photograph comes originally from the Julien Levy Gallery, which operated at 602 Madison Avenue from 1931 to 1937.  Moholy’s photographs were included in two of Levy’s first exhibitions, Surréalisme (January 1932) and Modern European Photographers (February-March 1932).  Levy first met Moholy and visited his Berlin studio in the summer of 1931.  Although Moholy had not yet exhibited in the United States (his premiere exhibition at Delphic Studios in New York was not until that fall), the prescient Levy purchased a number of photographs and photograms to show in his new gallery.

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