László Moholy-Nagy

Biography of László Moholy-Nagy

Father of the lifestyle magazine

László Moholy-Nagy was born on July 20, 1895 in Bácsborsód, Austria-Hungary. He was a painter, photographer, stage designer, typographer, and teacher at the Bauhaus.

Moholy-Nagy did not engage in painting until after his law studies in 1918. His motifs are non-objective and strongly influenced by Kasimir Malevich, the De Stijl movement and Constructivism. From 1923 to 1928 he taught as master of form in the metal workshop and head of the preliminary course at the Bauhaus and created the first German lifestyle magazine "die neue linie". For the first time, a magazine was titled not in handwriting, but in sans serif universal font. Moholy-Nagy's generous montages of black-and-white photos and color areas shaped the magazine's appearance.

Moholy-Nagy married photographer Lucia Moholy (née Schulz) in her first marriage and actress and art historian Sibyl Moholy-Nagy (née Pietzsch) in her second marriage, with whom he had two daughters.

1934 Moholy-Nagy was banned from working in Germany and emigrated first to Amsterdam, then to England and finally to the USA where he founded the New Bauhaus and later the School of Design in Chicago.

Moholy-Nagy died on November 24, 1946 in Chicago, where he was also buried.

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