- László Moholy-Nagy
- GAL AB I
- Signed Moholy Nagy, titled and dated 1930 on the reverse
- Oil on galalith
- 21 by 16 1/2 in.
- 53.3 by 41.9 cm
Acquired from the above by the present owners
Frankfurt, Schirn Kunsthalle, László Moholy-Nagy Retrospective, 2009-10, illustrated in color in the catalogue
Madrid, Circulo de Bellas Artes; Berlin, Martin-Gropius Bau & The Hague, Gemeentemuseum, László Maholy-Nagy, The Art of Light, 2010-11, illustrated in color in the catalogue
The artist explained his fascination with plastics and how his experiments with these materials in the early 1930s transformed his approach to art forever. "In working with these materials, uniformly colored, opaque or transparent plastics, I made discoveries which were instrumental in changing my painting technique. This had inevitable repercussions on my thinking concerning light problems. To produce true, primary relationships, my former idea of an objective painting, was not the only reason for my use of smooth flat surfaces. It was also nearest to the transition of light into color and color in to light, something like an objective texture invention for a delicate and evasive medium. By producing real radiant light effects through transparent dyes on plastic and through other means, one has no need for translating light into color by painting with pigment" (L. Moholy-Nagy, reprinted in Krisztina Passuth, Moholy-Nagy, London, 1985, pp. 382).