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The Mavericks II (Die Eigenbrötler II)

A work made of photomontage (gelatin silver prints and ink).
© 2018 Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York / VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn

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  • A work made of photomontage (gelatin silver prints and ink).




László Moholy-Nagy
American, born Hungary, 1895–1946

About this artwork

The Hungarian-born artist László Moholy-Nagy was one of the most influential art teachers in Germany in the 1920s. He taught from 1923 until 1928 at the Bauhaus art school, which united traditional artisanal workshops with industrial manufacturing and mechanical reproduction. Moholy’s book Painting, Photography, Film, published in 1925 and again in 1927, argued that film and photography could give essentially new perspectives on art and contemporary life, if only their basic principles were fully understood and exploited. This photomontage is exceptional in its use of ink and in its relatively full composition—many of Moholy’s montages exploit blank space. However, it exemplifies his association of photomontage with the fast pacing and high-keyed humor and terror of the movies.


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László Moholy-Nagy


The Mavericks II (Die Eigenbrötler II)


United States (Artist's nationality:)

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Made 1927


Photomontage (gelatin silver prints and ink)


Image/paper: 22.4 × 15.7 cm (8 7/8 × 6 3/16 in.)

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Gift of Herbert R. and Paula Molner in honor of Douglas Druick

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© 2018 Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York / VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn

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