László Moholy-Nagy was an inter-disciplinary artist, best remembered for his position as a professor at the Bauhaus in Germany. While Maholy-Nagy is not predominantly known as a printmaker he made numerous works on paper including woodcut prints and letterpress compositions. As a commercial artist he created numerous designs, which were printed in different publications. Many of his paintings, drawings and collaged compositions have since been produced as prints and posters.
Composition II. 1921. Woodcut.
Composition 4. 1923-24. Woodcut
As Maholy-Nagy was not a German national, he was forced to leave the Bauhaus in the 1930s. He briefly lived in the Netherlands and England before moving to the United States. Maholy-Nagy settled in Chicago where he was appointed director of the New Bauhaus, which closed shortly after. Eventually Maholy-Nagy was able to open his own design school.
Sturn Cover. Woodcut. 1923.
Ida. Bienert. 1933. Printed commercial design
Telephor 1-2. 1936. Printed commercial design
Today, Maholy-Nagy is remembered around the world for his contributions to modern design. While the artist spent his last days in Chicago, his native country eventually honored him by changing the name of the Hungarian Univeristy of Art and Design to the Maholy-Nagy University of Art and Design.
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