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A painting of gray, yellow and blue forms on a black background.

The painting shows five gray bars which rise from the bottom edge widening as they reach close to the top edge, the color darkens from left to right. A tapering yellow strip with a blue center rises in the center, it is bordered on the right with two gray bars. The gray and yellow bars overlay a yellow rhomboid shape. Thin red lines at the bottom form another rhomboid.

Identification and Creation

Object Number
László Moholy-Nagy, American (Bacsborsod, Hungary 1895 - 1946 Chicago, Ill., USA)
Work Type
Persistent Link


Level 1, Room 1520, Modern and Contemporary Art, Art in Germany Between the Wars
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Physical Descriptions

Oil on panel
54.3 x 45.6 x 1.5 cm (21 3/8 x 17 15/16 x 9/16 in.)
frame: 70.8 x 62.2 x 10.8 cm (27 7/8 x 24 1/2 x 4 1/4 in.)
Inscriptions and Marks
  • inscription: verso, c.r., black ink: Construction, 1922
    [hand not identified]
  • inscription: verso, u.r., black, in artist's hand: MOHOLY


Recorded Ownership History
Lydia Dorner, gift; to Busch-Reisinger Museum, 1961.

Acquisition and Rights

Credit Line
Harvard Art Museums/Busch-Reisinger Museum, Gift of Lydia Dorner in memory of Dr. Alexander Dorner
Accession Year
Object Number
Modern and Contemporary Art

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Publication History

  • Hans Hildebrandt, Die Kunst des 19. und 20. Jahrhunderts, Handbuch der Kunstwissenschaft, Akademische Verlagsgesellschaft Athenaion (Wildpark-Potsdam, 1924), p. 402
  • Charles L. Kuhn, German Expressionism and Abstract Art, Harvard University Press (Cambridge, MA, 1957), n.p., fig. 35
  • Samuel Cauman, The Living Museum, Experiences of an Art Historian and Museum Director: Alexander Dorner, New York University Press (New York, 1958), pp. 98-99
  • Alexander Dorner, The Way Beyond "Art", New York University Press (New York, 1958)
  • Peter Nisbet and Joseph Koerner, The Busch-Reisinger Museum, Harvard University Art Museums, ed. Peter Nisbet, Harvard University Art Museums and Scala Publishers Ltd. (Cambridge, MA and London, England, 2007), p. 122
  • Megan Luke, Kurt Schwitters Space, Image, Exile, University of Chicago Press (Chicago, IL, 2014), pg. 61; fig. 17
  • Matthew S. Witkovsky, Carol Eliel, and Carol Vail, ed., Moholy-Nagy: Future Present, exh. cat., The Art Institute of Chicago (Chicago, 2016), p. 49, plate 025
  • Laura Muir, Object Lessons: The Bauhaus and Harvard, Harvard Art Museums (Cambridge, 2021), pp. 252, 278, plate 17, ill. (color)

Exhibition History

  • Kabinett der Abstrakten, Provinzial-Museum Hannover, 01/01/1927 - 12/31/1928
  • 19th- and 20th-Century Paintings and Sculpture from the Museum's Collection, Busch-Reisinger Museum, Cambridge, 06/11/1980 - 08/31/1980
  • Art of the Weimar Era, Busch-Reisinger Museum, Cambridge, 04/05/1982 - 05/22/1982
  • Modell Bauhaus, Martin-Gropius-Bau, Berlin-Kreuzberg, 07/22/2009 - 10/04/2009
  • 32Q: 1520 Art in Germany Between the Wars (Interwar and Bauhaus), Harvard Art Museums, Cambridge, 11/16/2014 - 04/04/2016; Harvard Art Museums, Cambridge, 08/03/2017 - 12/10/2018; Harvard Art Museums, Cambridge, 08/05/2019 - 01/01/2050
  • 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

Verification Level

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