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Leuk 5

1946 Laszlo Moholy-Nagy Born: Bacsbarsod, Hungary 1895 Died: Chicago, Illinois 1946 oil and pencil on canvas 30 1/4 x 38 in. (76.9 x 96.5 cm.) Smithsonian American Art Museum Gift of Patricia and Phillip Frost 1986.92.66 Smithsonian American Art Museum
Luce Foundation Center, 4th Floor, 41B



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Leuk 5 evokes several different meanings, all of which may have had significance for László Moholy-Nagy. “Leuk” can mean light or brightness, which relates to his lifelong exploration of light and color in art and reflects the glowing hues in the image. It can also mean white, as in leukemia (white blood), which killed the artist in November 1946. The red and white ovals suggest blood cells, and the small black shape evokes an abnormal or cancerous cell. If so, then Moholy-Nagy might have magnified these microscopic particles to show how just a few tiny molecules can have a devastating effect on our bodies.

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About Laszlo Moholy-Nagy

Born: Bacsbarsod, Hungary 1895 Died: Chicago, Illinois 1946