Lucia MOHOLY, Self-portrait Enlarge 1 /1


Czechoslovakia 1894 – Switzerland 1989

Self-portrait 1930 Materials & Technique: photographs, gelatin silver photograph

Dimensions: image 24.0 h x 18.0 w cm
Acknowledgement: Purchased 1989
Accession No: NGA 89.307

This self-portrait was taken in Berlin, when Moholy was establishing a commercial practice and teaching photography at Johannes Itten’s art school. Moholy had been closely associated with the Bauhaus school in Dessau, and continued to take photographs along New Objectivist lines after she moved to Berlin in 1928. To this extent, Moholy’s work was marked by its objective and quite formal character. However, this deeply moving self-portrait, which brings the artist right into our gaze, is notable for its sense of uncertainty and ambivalence.

Text © National Gallery of Australia, Canberra