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.