A biography of famous Eastern European artist, Laszlo Moholy-Nagy.
Laszlo Moholy-Nagy is widely considered to be one of the twentieth century’s most important and influential artists. This paper discusses him as a photographer, painter, designer, writer, sculptor printmaker, film-maker and teacher. It shows how his influence reached into many aspects of the arts, from his native Eastern Europe, to the Western part of the Continent, across the Atlantic to the United States. The paper also explains how Moholy-Nagy was an important figure in the Western European Constructivism movement.
Moholy-Nagy was born in 1895 in Baac’s-Borsod, Hungary. He left school in Budapest to fight in World War I in 1916. It is during the war that he began sketching and taking his work as an artist seriously. In 1917, while recovering from a wound, he founded the artist group MA and started a literary magazine called Jelenkor. In 1919 he moved to Vienna. It was there he began to make photograms and collages.