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Identification and Creation

Object Number
László Moholy-Nagy, American (Bacsborsod, Hungary 1895 - 1946 Chicago, Ill., USA)
Other Titles
Former Title: Z vi
Work Type
Persistent Link

Physical Descriptions

Oil, ink, and graphite on canvas
95.2 x 75.6 cm (37 1/2 x 29 3/4 in.)
frame depth: 97 x 76.8 x 2.9 cm (38 3/16 x 30 1/4 x 1 1/8 in.)
Inscriptions and Marks
  • inscription: verso, u.l., black, in artist's hand: L MOHOLY-NAGY
  • inscription: verso, c., black, in artist's hand
  • inscription: verso, l.r., black, in artist's hand: ZVI


Recorded Ownership History
[Valentine Gallery, New York]. Walter P. Chrysler, Jr., New York, (by 1936-1945), sold. Frederic Wertham, gift; to Busch-Reisinger Museum, 1987.

Footnotes: The work was included in an auction of the Chrysler collection (Parke-Bernet, New York, 22 March 1945, cat. no. 102). It is not known whether the work passed directly to the Wertham collection from this auction.

Acquisition and Rights

Credit Line
Harvard Art Museums/Busch-Reisinger Museum, The Fredric Wertham Collection, Gift of his wife Hesketh
Accession Year
Object Number
Modern and Contemporary Art

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Publication History

  • Joyce Tsai, The Paintings of Moholy-Nagy: The Shape of Things to Come, exh. cat., Santa Barbara Museum of Art (Santa Barbara, CA, 2015), pp. 16, 32-33, 74-75 (pl. 10), 149, ill. (color)
  • Matthew S. Witkovsky, Carol Eliel, and Carol Vail, ed., Moholy-Nagy: Future Present, exh. cat., The Art Institute of Chicago (Chicago, 2016), p. 51, plate 030
  • Joyce Tsai, László Moholy-Nagy: Painting after Photography, University of California Press (Oakland, CA, 2018), n.p., plate 11, ill. (color)

Exhibition History

  • Choate Exhibition of Walter P. Chrysler Collection, Choate Rosemary Hall, Wallingford, CT, 01/17/1936 - 02/13/1936
  • Cubism and Abstract Art, The Museum of Modern Art, 03/02/1936 - 04/19/1936
  • Selected Exhibition of the Walter P. Chrysler, Jr. Collection, Detroit Institute of Arts, 01/01/1937 - 12/31/1937
  • Re-View: European and American Art Since 1900, Harvard Art Museums/Arthur M. Sackler Museum, Cambridge, 05/03/2011 - 06/01/2013
  • The Paintings of Moholy-Nagy: The Shape of Things to Come, Santa Barbara Museum of Art, Santa Barbara, 07/05/2015 - 09/27/2015
  • Moholy-Nagy: Future Present, Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York, 05/27/2016 - 09/07/2016; The Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago, 10/02/2016 - 01/03/2017; Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Los Angeles, 02/12/2017 - 06/18/2017
  • The Bauhaus and Harvard, Harvard Art Museums, Cambridge, 02/08/2019 - 07/28/2019

Subjects and Contexts

  • The Bauhaus

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