Property from a Private Collection, Canada
1895 - 1946
Signed Moholy-Nagy and inscribed Berlin (upper right); signed Moholy-Nagy and inscribed in German (on the verso)
Black crayon on paper
15⅝ by 8⅜ in. (39.7 by 21.3 cm)
Framed: 25⅞ by 17¾ in. (65.7 by 21.3 cm)
Executed in Berlin circa 1920.
Hattula Moholy-Nagy has confirmed the authenticity of this work on the basis of photographs.
Executed on cream wove paper. The sheet is hinged at the upper left and upper right corners of it's verso. All four edges are very lightly deckled. There are artist's pinholes in all four corners. There is a 1/2 inch flattened crease running across the lower left corner and a four inch flattened crease running across the upper right corner. There are scattered handling creases to the left and right edges of the sheet. Running horizontally across the center of the sheet is a single flattened crease. Toward the lower center of the figure there is a single pindot area of skinning to the paper. There is a 1/2 inch repaired tear to the center of the top edge. There is minor scattered staining to the sheet. This work is in good condition.
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Mr. & Mrs. Allan Frumkin, New York (and sold by the Estate: Christie's, New York, August 22, 2018, lot 142)
Acquired at the above sale