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Behind Back of God / Between Heaven and Earth
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© 2014 Estate of László Moholy-Nagy / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York

László Moholy-Nagy
American, born Hungary, 1925
Gelatin silver print
9 1/4 x 6 7/8 in.
84.XM.997.23

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"A wealth of undreamt-of optical experiences that will be profoundly stirring to our emotions" is how László Moholy-Nagy described his fotoplastiks (photomontages). This entire composition resembles an opened parachute. From out of an aperture emerges a figure with flailing arms and crossed legs upon whom is superimposed a tribal person using a blowgun, his head located where the other figure's head should be. A child tumbles midway through the composition; a uniformed figure lands neatly in the sunflower-like fireman's net below. From his hands and feet three lines emerge, suggesting marionettes being manipulated by a higher power.