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Laszlo Moholy-Nagy
Leuk 5
1946
oil and pencil
30 1/4 x 38 in.
Smithsonian American Art Museum, Gift of Patricia and Phillip Frost



Laszlo Moholy-Nagy believed that artists were "utopians of genius" capable of humanizing industry. In Leuk 5, he portrayed atomic structures with eerie beauty. This autobiographical painting refers to Moholy-Nagy's ambivalence about nuclear science, which led to the development of radiation treatments for his leukemia, but also to the invention of the atomic bomb.