125
125
László Moholy-Nagy
UNTITLED (CAT, SEEN FROM ABOVE)
Estimate
30,00050,000
LOT SOLD. 50,000 USD
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125
László Moholy-Nagy
UNTITLED (CAT, SEEN FROM ABOVE)
Estimate
30,00050,000
LOT SOLD. 50,000 USD
JUMP TO LOT

Details & Cataloguing

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László Moholy-Nagy
1895-1946
UNTITLED (CAT, SEEN FROM ABOVE)
warm-toned, typed exposure and printing notations on the reverse, circa 1926, printed no later than 1929
9 1/8  by 6 3/4  in. (23.2 by 17.1 cm.)
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Literature

Das Deutsche Lichtbild: Jahresschau 1930 (Berlin, 1929), p. 76 (this print)

Arts et Métiers Graphiques, No. 16, Numéro Spécial Consacré à la Photographie (15 March 1930),  p. 104 

Advertising Arts: Design Supplement to Advertising & Selling (New York, 1931), cover

Matthew S. Witkovsky, Carol S. Eliel, and Karole P. B. Vail, Moholy-Nagy: Future Present (The Art Institute of Chicago, 2016), pl. 148

Catalogue Note

This rare, positive print of Cat, Seen from Above, was illustrated in the prestigious photography annual Das Lichtbild 1930, published in the fall of 1929.  Credited to ‘Prof. L. Moholy-Nagy,’ it received a full left page illustration opposite Albert Renger-Patzsch’s Mantelpavian (Hamadryas Baboon).  The negative, better known version of this image was reproduced extensively early in the photographer’s career, notably in the definitive anthology of the photographer's work, 60 Fotos (1930), there captioned ‘Magical effect of the negative.’  Rendered as either positive or negative, this image is a prime example of Moholy-Nagy’s experimental attitude toward the medium and its plasticity in his capable hands.

At the time of this writing, it is believed that no other early print of the image has appeared at auction.  Another positive print of this image, originally in the collection of Ergy Landau and Raymond Grosset, is now at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York (1985.1150.4).

Photographs

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