László Moholy-Nagy was a very versatile artist, covering the fields of photography,
typography, painting, sculpture and industrial design. He was one of the many
results that produced the Bauhaus and influenced by Russian constructivism.
“Moholy considered himself a painter, first and foremost. His short autobiography,
Abstract of an Artist (1944), gives an account of how his art evolved. He wrote
that at first his work was figurative because he found the contemporary art of
his day chaotic. He didn’t understand Cubism, Fauvism, or Futurism. He studied
the drawings of artists like Rembrandt and van Gogh and became fascinated by
the expressive power of lines alone without halftones. Then he began to study
composition and, finally, the effects of color on composition. He made collages
of juxtaposed colored paper strips and carried these configurations over into
paintings of agricultural fields.”
He experimented with the photographic process called photogram. And strongly believed
in technology being used in art. He is a very complete artist and surely one of the most
influential in design, can we say his work was design more than art?. He did so much and
went so many places, you can check he’s complete biography at the Moholy-Nagy Foundation.