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Erich Wolfsfeld, Study of an Arab Girl
 
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TITLE:  Study of an Arab Girl
ARTIST:  Erich Wolfsfeld (German, 1884–1956)
PERIOD:  20th century
CATEGORY:  Works on Paper (Drawings, Watercolors etc.)
MATERIALS:  Brush and brown ink, brown oil paint and chalk, on handmade paper
MARKINGS:  Signed ‘Erich Wolfsfeld’ in pencil at the lower right
SIZE:  25 x 18 3/8 in
PRICE*:  10,000-15,000 US$  (Convert prices to your currency with our Currency Converter)
GALLERY:  Stephen Ongpin Fine Art  +44 (0)20 7930 8813  Send Email
DESCRIPTION:  Writing a few years after his death, one critic noted that ‘To say that Erich Wolfsfeld was just a brilliant technician would be unjust to his memory. He was much more than a technician. He was an artist who loved drawing for its own sake - who could combine power and sensitivity – who enjoyed describing the human form either with brush or chalk or the etcher’s needle. And he solved the problem of the portrayal of the human race with an intensity of perception that is deeply moving particularly in his studies of old men and young children.’

More recently, another critic wrote of Wolfsfeld, ‘The simple reality of what he saw on his travels did not move him either to exaggerate or caricature his subject matter. The elderly, poor and blind whom Wolfsfeld observed and painted did not, in any case, merit such treatment. His compassionate vision records the dignity of peoples thoroughly accustomed to adversity. Wolfsfeld’s is an outlook with which Rembrandt himself might have sympathised... ‘In [oil paint] and other media, such as chalk or pen and wash, Wolfsfeld demonstrated a wonderful certainty yet fluency in his drawing...He was an artist of rare ability.’

PROVENANCE:  Lotte Laserstein, Stockholm and Kalmar
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