Leda und der Schwan

Leda und der Schwan

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László Moholy-Nagy arrived at photography at a time when great experimentation was occurring with the medium of photography as well as other art forms. This particular style of photography was called photomontage, or as Moholy-Nagy preferred to call it, “fotoplastik.” Created similar to a collage, different pre-existing images were arranged to create a new composition. The new image was then photographed to create the final photomontage. This technique was associated with the Dadaists, an artistic group that was staunchly “anti-art.” Rather than creating an image by drawing or painting, they would rely on pre-existing images to create art. In this case, Moholy-Nagy combines seemingly unrelated objects together to create an intriguing final composition.
Image Size: 42.8 x 23.3 cm.
Location
Currently not on view
Object Name
gelatin silver print
Date made
1926
maker
Moholy-Nagy, Laszlo
Physical Description
paper (overall material)
gelatin silver (overall production method/technique)
Measurements
overall: 42.8 cm x 23.3 cm; 16 27/32 in x 9 3/16 in
ID Number
PG.69.111
accession number
282328
catalog number
69.111
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Data Source
National Museum of American History
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