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Wols

German, 1913–1951

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Wols

German, 1913–1951

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German expat to Paris A. O. Wolfgang Schulze, known by his adopted pseudonym Wols, was an influential painter, photographer, and illustrator, whose gestural, informally rendered and immensely expressive paintings helped pioneer Art Informel and Tachisme, stylistic movements that dominated postwar European art and served as counterparts to American Abstract Expressionism. Wols was influenced by the avant-garde artists and writers he met in Paris, among them Max Ernst, Joan Miró, Franz Kafka, and Jean-Paul Sartre. Drawing early and particular influence from Surrealism, he favored fragmented, hallucinatory, dreamlike images over naturalistic representation in his photographs and paintings, and filled his illustrations with fantastical, hybrid creatures, sometimes seemingly in the midst of metamorphosis. In Painting (1946-47), for example, a cell-like structure dominates the canvas, its interior energetically bursting with circular whorls, colorful splatters and stains, and thin, scratchy lines.

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$4m, Sotheby's, 2011
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Solo show at a major institution
Centre Pompidou, and 1 more
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Centre Pompidou, and 1 more
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Biography

German expat to Paris A. O. Wolfgang Schulze, known by his adopted pseudonym Wols, was an influential painter, photographer, and illustrator, whose gestural, informally rendered and immensely expressive paintings helped pioneer Art Informel and Tachisme, stylistic movements that dominated postwar European art and served as counterparts to American Abstract Expressionism. Wols was influenced by the avant-garde artists and writers he met in Paris, among them Max Ernst, Joan Miró, Franz Kafka, and Jean-Paul Sartre. Drawing early and particular influence from Surrealism, he favored fragmented, hallucinatory, dreamlike images over naturalistic representation in his photographs and paintings, and filled his illustrations with fantastical, hybrid creatures, sometimes seemingly in the midst of metamorphosis. In Painting (1946-47), for example, a cell-like structure dominates the canvas, its interior energetically bursting with circular whorls, colorful splatters and stains, and thin, scratchy lines.

Career Highlights
Learn more about artist insights.
Established
Established representation
Represented by industry leading galleries.
Auction
High auction record
$4m, Sotheby's, 2011
User
Solo show at a major institution
Centre Pompidou, and 1 more
Group
Group show at a major institution
Centre Pompidou, and 1 more
Institution
Collected by a major institution
Tate
Publication
Reviewed by a major art publication
Art in America
Fair
Included in a major biennial
Venice Biennale International Exhibition, and 1 more