Helmut G. Franke, Chicago (acquired from the above)
Private Collection, USA (a gift from the above. Sold: Sotheby’s, New York, 14th November 1985, lot 242A)
Galerie Beyeler, Basel (purchased at the above sale)
Galerie Gmurzynska, Cologne
Acquired from the above by the present owner in 1986
Moholy-Nagy’s vision of a non-representational art, consisting of colour, texture, light and balance of forms, was a constant throughout his career. He attempted to define an objective science of essential forms, colours, and materials, which would promote a more unified social environment. In his book Vision in Motion, he sought to explain his underlying beliefs on the function of art: ‘Art is the most complex, vitalising and civilising of human actions. Thus it is of biological necessity. Art sensitizes man to the best that is immanent in him through an intensified expression involving many layers of experience. Out of them art forms a unified manifestation, like dreams which are composed of the most diverse source material subconsciously crystallized. It tries to produce a balance of the social, intellectual and emotional existence; a synthesis of attitudes and opinions, fears and hopes’ (L. Moholy-Nagy, Vision in Motion, Chicago, 1947, p. 28).
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