Wols (Alfred Otto Wolfgang Schulze)
[no title] c.1937–50

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[no title]
Date c.1937–50
Medium Etching on paper
Dimensions Image: 124 x 98 mm
Acquisition Purchased 1983
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Wols nearly always worked on a small scale.

The effect is intense and delicate in this series

of etchings. The lines are woven into strange suggestions of body parts or microscopic life.

The writer Jean-Paul Sartre saw in such images the artist's obsessive fascination with the minutiae of nature. Wols himself wrote in a poetic piece:

'At Cassis, the pebbles, fish, rocks under a magnifying glass ¿ made me forget about human pretensions, invited me to turn my back

on the chaos of our goings-on, showed me eternity in the little harbour waves'.

August 2004

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