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Note the simple but very effective design with the name WOLS only once printed in red.

Note the simple but very effective design with the name WOLS only once printed in red. This is catalog number 395 published by the Amsterdam Stedelijk Museum (The Contemporary Art Museum) on the occasion of their Tribute to Wols Exhibition held in 1966.

The catalog design is by Total Design (Wim Crouwel)


image from the catalog the painting is titled “The Bird”, an oil on canvas dated 1949.


Titled “Nude”, 1949 oil on canvas.


1941 Aquarelle (watercolor on paper) titled “The General”.

The catalog  starts out with an introduction by the German art critic Werner Haftmann, it also depicts various drawings and gouaches and contains a bibliography.

Who hides behind the pseudonym WOLS (1913-1951)?

This enigmatic artist’s real name was Alfred Otto Wofgang Schulze, he produced drawings, paintings, photographs, wrote poetry, illustrated books and was one of the pioneers of the Art Informel (1940’s and 1950’s) and the Tachism Movement of the early fifties.

The Wall Street Journal of Dec.17, 2013 answers the question very well in an article by Tom Freudenheim when he reviews the “Wols Retrospective” Exhibition held in Houston, Texas at the Menil Collection (2013-2014).

The Museum of Modern Art in New York (MOMA) offers some images of the items in their collection on line.

Seven of his rare paintings were auctioned by the French Auction house Drouot in 2011.

From the Stedelijk Museum catalog comes the bibliography shown below.

The interaction between photography and other art forms was brought to the public attention in 2014 in Berlin with the exhibition;” Wols Photograph. The Saved View” from March 15, 2014 to June 22, 2014 at the Martin-Gropius-Bau.