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Preview image of work. gouache on paper,  Untitled 13025


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Wols (Alfred Otto-Wolfgang Schülze Wols) (1913 - 1951)



Creation Date

ca. 1946-1947


mid-20th century


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

Object Type


Creation Place

Europe, Germany

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


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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.