[Puppen (Dolls)]

Object Details


[Puppen (Dolls)]


László Moholy-Nagy (American, born Hungary, 1895 - 1946)




Ascona, Switzerland (Place created)


1926 - 1927


Gelatin silver print


23.5 x 17.6 cm (9 1/4 x 6 15/16 in.)


© 2014 Estate of László Moholy-Nagy / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York

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This photograph is a somewhat menacing, surreal image of two naked dolls, one of them missing its legs. They lie helpless upon their backs on a piece of paper, with the shadows of chicken-wire fencing dissecting their vulnerable bodies. Despite their predicament, László Moholy-Nagy used them strategically as a design element that interrupts the bold graphic forms of intersecting lines. The dominant diamond pattern of the railing casts deep diagonal shadows across the balcony, flattening out the composition, while the photographer's tilted view of the balcony defies traditional perspective, removing the space from associations with the real world.

Vision in Motion: The Photographs of László Moholy-Nagy (June 27 to October 8, 1995)
  • The J. Paul Getty Museum (Malibu), June 27 to October 8, 1995
The Mad Square: Modernity in German Art 1910-1938 (August 5, 2011 to March 4, 2012) (168)
  • Art Gallery of New South Wales (Sydney), August 5 to November 6, 2011
  • National Gallery of Victoria (Melbourne), November 25, 2011 to March 4, 2012