Lot 147
  • 147


25,000 - 35,000 USD
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  • László Moholy-Nagy
  • 'Gletscher'
  • 14 1/2  by 10 3/4  in. (37 by 27.4 cm.)
oversized, signed and titled in pencil and numbered ‘9’ in pencil within a rectangular red stamp on the reverse, circa 1931 


The photographer to Otto Eisler

Estate of Otto Eisler

Sotheby’s London, 4 May 2000, Sale 00511, Lot 164


Telehor: The International Review New Vision, Nos. 1-2 (Brno, 1936), p. 97

Andreas Haus, Moholy-Nagy: Photographs and Photograms (New York, 1980), pl. 105

Catalogue Note

As with Cat, Seen from Above (Lot 125), Gletscher is one of the few camera images by Moholy-Nagy to focus exclusively on natural subject matter.  The two images are also works that demonstrate the photographer’s command of both positive and negative printing.  The print offered here appears to be a negative version.  Moholy-Nagy’s use of reversed tonal values intensified the effect of the glacier’s crevice as a strong diagonal within an abstract field, linking this image to his work with the photogram process (Lot 126) and to Constructivism in general (Lot 131). This photograph comes originally from Otto Eisler (1893-1968), who worked for a time with Moholy’s Bauhaus colleague Walter Gropius.  It was part of a group of avant-garde photographs from Eisler’s collection sold at Sotheby’s London in 1999 and 2000.