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Sil I
© Hattula Moholy-Nagy/DACS 2015

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Not on display

This is the first of three works painted on a new type of aluminium called silberit, hence the title. From the mid-1920s, Moholy-Nagy abandoned traditional easel painting in favour of experimentation with new industrial materials, such as aluminium, plastic and celluloid. Aluminium had associations with new technology and also satisfied Moholy-Nagy's desire to, as he put it, 'paint with light', since the material was reflective. Painting on a highly reflective surface gave the impression that the colour was floating in front of the material to which it is applied.


  • Acc. No. GMA 1663
  • Medium Oil and incised lines on silberit
  • Size 50.00 x 20.00 cm (framed: 71.50 x 42.00 x 8.50 cm)
  • Credit Purchased 1977