Item #1707 [László Moholy-Nagy’s Hand-Drawn Postcard] New York [Palace Café, Budapest]. László Moholy-Nagy.
Early Drawing by Moholy-Nagy

[László Moholy-Nagy’s Hand-Drawn Postcard] New York [Palace Café, Budapest].

[Budapest]: [1917]. On military-issue postcard. Titled in black pencil. Ca. 90 × 140 mm. In fine condition.

László Moholy-Nagy’s (1895–1946) pencil drawing on the verso of an unused military-issue postcard, depicting a lady in a large hat, sitting at a café-table with two glasses, one of her elbows placed on the table, her chin resting on her clasped hands. Titled in the artist’s hand: New York [Palace Café].

While serving in the Austro-Hungarian army in World War I, to pass the time, Moholy-Nagy produced hundreds of pencil sketches, many in color, on the backs of military-issue postcards. As a result of an injury he suffered in 1917, Moholy-Nagy went through an extensive hospital treatment in Budapest. During his recuperation, which he partly enjoyed in cafeterias, such as the New York Palace Café or the Café Corso, he continued the artistic experiments on the postcards. The present drawing is a fine piece of this series and a compelling example of Moholy-Nagy’s first steps to becoming an artist.


Price: €6,000.00