A wide-mouthed bowl narrows steeply to a small base. A brown and white checker board pattern covers the interior and exterior and scales down as the diameter decreases toward the bottom.
wood bowl with geometric patterning in concentric rings, decreasing in size top to bottom
Akbar’s Bounty illustrates Mode’s interest in the art of Mughal India. The flowing geometric pattern emulates Islamic design, and Mode took his inspiration for the title of the piece from the great Mughal emperor, Akbar, who was a prodigious patron of the arts.
A spare and restrained abstract composition, built up out of layers of mostly translucent basic geometric forms. The grey tones of the background are created with large rectangle shapes. In the upper part of the piece is a light colored circle, with a brighter circle inside it. Both are crossed by an axis of bright, thin orange lines. On the left, the point of a triangle protrudes from the edge. It is covered by a faint gray trapezoidal shape. Three small black semi-circles are also visible: one along the lines inside the circles; the other two along the trapezoidal shape and just beneath the triangle.
A restrained formal abstract composition, the subject of the piece is the relationship between the shapes and colors. Moholy-Nagy theorized that in the visual realm, space, time, mass, and light can become like one perceptible substance. In this piece we can also see the artist's interest in the spare forms and clean lines of industrial design, an interest of the Bauhaus school where he taught in the twenties.
Two tall, rectangular intersecting planes, one black and one white, create the appearance of a tall, minimal structure. Vertical lines of black and white add to the structure, which at its base projects slightly into a rough square shape that seems to delineate a kind of ground or base. The space around the structure is ochre.
The basic forms and lines of this piece consider fundamental formal relationships and are in dialogue with Bauhaus ideas about architecture and industrial design.