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Wols (1913 - 1951)

Born in a wealthy German family, Alfred Otto Wolfgang Schulze, studies at the Bauhaus and moves to Paris where he spends time with the avant-garde and members of the Surrealist group such as Alexander Calder, Max Ernst and Giacometti. A remarked photographer of the Fashion Pavilion at the Exposition Universelle of 1937 as well as the appreciated portraitist of Paris’ art’s scene, Wols also produces more adventurous and cruel images influenced by Jean-Paul Sartre’s existentialism. During his lonely walks, the ‘wounded man’ as he was called, would depict broken dolls, dead animals and skulls as well as tramps’ litter, he all assemble in conceptual still-lives. When World War II begins, Wols refuses to join the Nazi army and thus is interned for more than a year and becomes ill. When he prematurely dies in 1951, his legendary aura expanded and influenced such contemporary artists as Georges Mathieu.

Wols, Skinny Rabbit, date unknown
Wols, Skinny Rabbit, date unknown
Wols, Germaine lying down, 1938
Wols, Germaine lying down, 1938
Wols, Jacqueline Laurent, date unknown
Wols, Jacqueline Laurent, date unknown
Wols, The pavilion of elegance, 1937
Wols, The pavilion of elegance, 1937
Wols, Model for Madeleine Vionnet, 1937
Wols, Model for Madeleine Vionnet, 1937
Wols, Nina Engel portrait, 1932
Wols, Nina Engel portrait, 1932
Wols, Doll on cobblestone, 1938
Wols, Doll on cobblestone, 1938
Wols, Untitled, c. 1932-1941
Wols, Untitled, c. 1932-1941
Wols, Untitled, 1939
Wols, Untitled, 1939
Wols, Pork pudding, date unknown
Wols, Pork pudding, date unknown
Wols, Still life with skinny rabbit head, date unknown
Wols, Still life with skinny rabbit head, date unknown
Wols, Self-portrait, 1938
Wols, Self-portrait, 1938
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