Grey Overlappings, László Moholy-Nagy
László Moholy-Nagy
Grey Overlappings
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László Moholy-Nagy

Grey Overlappings, 1930

400 x 298 mm
Physical Description
Tempera and pen in red over pencil on wove paper (watercolour paper)
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17904 Z
Acquired in 2019 as a bequest from Ulrike Crespo from the Karl Ströher Collection
Can be presented in the study room of the Graphische Sammlung (special opening hours)


About the Work

Inspired by Russian Constructivism, Moholy-Nagy devoted himself exclusively to abstraction from the 1920s onwards. Drawn with the aid of a ruler and compass, the lines and shapes create a precise scaffolding for the composition, while the raw paper lends it vibrant structure. The geometrical forms overlap and their colour gradations suggest spatiality and transparency. Moholy-Nagy believed that 'mathematically harmonious shapes, executed precisely, … represent the perfect balance between feeling and intellect'.

About the Acquisition

The Städel Museum has the photographer, psychotherapist, philanthropist, and long-time Frankfurt resident Ulrike Crespo (1950–2019) to thank for more than ninety works ranging from classical modernism to American pop art. The paintings, drawings, and prints by Wassily Kandinsky, Otto Dix, Oskar Schlemmer, Max Ernst, Jean Dubuffet, Cy Twombly, and others originally belonged to the holdings of her grandfather, the Darmstadt-based industrialist Karl Ströher (1890–1977), who amassed an extensive art collection after World War II.

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