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AL 3 László Moholy-Nagy

Carrie A. Butt
JAMA. 2015;313(22):2206-2207. doi:10.1001/jama.2014.11793.
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The period between the two world wars was filled with a kinetic energy. Growing urban centers treated their citizens to a world abuzz with electricity newly implemented on a large scale, automobiles sharing streets with horse carriages and movie houses that broadcast news from across the world. It was an invigorating era for artists who switched their focus from concrete depictions of the real world to visually recording the abstract effects of light, speed, power, and force. They hoped this change would result in art that promoted unity and integration and serve as a pointed affront to the physical and cultural fissures created by war.

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László Moholy-Nagy (1895-1946), AL 3, 1926, American (born Hungary). Oil, industrial paints, and pencil on aluminum. 40 × 40 cm. Courtesy of the Norton Simon Museum (http://www.nortonsimon.org/), Pasadena, California; the Blue Four Galka Scheyer Collection, P.1953.293. © 2015 Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York, New York/VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn, Germany.



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