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Hungary 1895 – United States of America 1946

  • Germany 1920 Great Britain 1935 United States of America from 1937

Lucia at the breakfast table 1926 Place made: Berlin, Berlin state, Germany
Materials & Technique: photographs, gelatin silver photograph

Primary Insc: Artist's stamps,verso,lower c.,red ink,`moholy-nagy';bot.c.,black ink, `moholy-nagy / berlin / chbg.9 / fredericiastr.27 atelier'
Dimensions: printed image 24.3 h x 17.8 w cm sheet 25.2 h x 18.3 w cm
Acknowledgement: Purchased 1994
Accession No: NGA 94.1097
  • Purchased 1994

From 1923 to 1928, Moholy-Nagy taught at the Bauhaus, an innovative art and design school in Germany, famous for its spirit of experimentation and integration of the arts. He was influenced by the Suprematist and Constructivist movements out of Russia, whose members pioneered abstraction, advocating for new ways of seeing aligned with new ways of living. The crossed knives and circles of crockery are carefully arranged Suprematist symbols while the unusual tilting of the picture plane show the influence of Constructivism. Lucia is his wife, the equally radical photographer, Lucia Moholy.

Text © National Gallery of Australia, Canberra