- Belena S. Chapp
Moholy-Nagy, László (20 July 1895–24 November 1946), artist, was born László Weisz in Bácsborsod, a small village in southern Hungary, the son of Lipót Weisz, who was probably a wheat farmer, and Karolina Stern. His father abandoned the family and went to the United States in 1897. After the father’s disappearance, László’s mother moved him and his younger brother first to nearby Ada and then to the town of Mohol (now in Yugoslavia). By 1905 he was attending a Gymnasium in Szeged (at the time the second largest city in Hungary) and living with his maternal uncle Dr. Gusztav Nagy, a lawyer whose last name he adopted. Although born Jewish, he was raised a Calvinist. He drew and painted from the time he was six or seven, but as an adolescent he expressed his creative tendencies through writing poems and short stories, several of which were published in magazines and newspapers in Szeged. In 1913 he graduated from college preparatory high school and moved to Budapest, where he enrolled in law school at Magyar Királyi Tudományegyetem, the Royal Hungarian University of Sciences....