Wols (Alfred Otto Wolfgang Schulze)

1913–1951

Wols (Alfred Otto Wolfgang Schulze), ‘[title not known]’ c.1944–5
[title not known] c.1944–5
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Wols was the pseudonym of Alfred Otto Wolfgang Schulze (27 May 1913, Berlin – 1 September 1951, Paris), a German painter and photographer predominantly active in France. Though broadly unrecognized in his lifetime, he is considered a pioneer of lyrical abstraction, one of the most influential artists of the Tachisme movement. He is the author of a book on art theory entitled Aphorismes de Wols.

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