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2003.11.88

Artist

Wols

Title

Untitled

Creation Date

ca. 1946-1947

Century

mid-20th century

Dimensions

6 1/4 in. x 9 1/4 in. (15.88 cm x 23.5 cm)

Object Type

watercolor

Creation Place

Europe, German

Medium and Support

gouache on paper

Credit Line

Bequest of William H. Alexander, in memory of his mother and father, Mr. and Mrs. William Homer Alexander

Copyright

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Accession Number

2003.11.88
Wols found his artistic beginnings among Surrealist artists in France and became a leading artist of French Art Informel and Tachisme. His works are often haunting, almost hallucinatory. In “Untitled,” Wols draws four black and red forms, overlaid on a pink background, that seem tormented. Whether the work relates to a personal illness or reflects more broadly the socioeconomic and cultural dislocations widely experienced in the immediate postwar years, it presents a sensitive, quiet, albeit skeptical new direction for abstract art that could be perceived as a seed of hope.

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