Laszlo Moholy-Nagy (July 20, 1895 – November 24, 1946) is arguably one of the greatest influences on post-war art education in the United States. A modernist and a restless experimentalist from the outset, the Hungarian-born artist was shaped by, , , and debates about photography. When invited him to , in Dessau, he took over the school's crucial preliminary course, and gave it a more practical, experimental and technological bent. He later delved into various fields, from commercial design to theatre set design; he made films and worked as a magazine art director. But his greatest legacy was the version of Bauhaus teaching he brought to the United States, where he established the highly influential Institute of Design in Chicago.