Ben Uri collection

Water Carriers (Two Standing Children)

Artist information

Name Erich Wolfsfeld (1885-1956)

Born Krojanke, Germany

Died London, England

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Erich Wolfsfeld was born in Krojanke, Germany in 1885 and studied at the Berlin Academy, as well as in Paris and Rome. During the First World War he served as an officer in the German army. From 1920 he worked as professor of painting and etching at the Berlin Academy, as well as travelling widely in North Africa and the Middle East.

Three years after Wolfsfeld’s post as Professor at Berlin’s Royal Academy School was terminated, he immigrated to Britain. Following internment on the Isle of Man, he settled in Sheffield, then London, travelling frequently throughout Europe and the Middle East, depicting both Jewish and Arab subjects on biblical themes.

A classic painter-etcher, Wolfsfeld mostly painted portraits. Stylistically unfashionable in post-war Britain, Wolfsfeld’s work fell into relative obscurity. Recent exhibitions have been held at the Belgrave Gallery (1977, 1995) and at Agnew’s (1990–91). His work is held in collections including London (National Portrait Gallery, Ben Uri) and Hull (Ferens Gallery), as well as in a number of museums in the USA.

Object Details

Object type drawing

Medium black crayon on paper

Materials and techniques crayon (medium) paper (support)

Unframed 55 x 35.5 cm

Framed 79.2 x 58.3 cm

Signed signed, bottom left: E.W.

Acquisition gift from Irving Grose 1989

Accession number 1989-17

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