Artist Biography - Erich Wolfsfeld

Erich Wolfsfeld (1885-1956) was a highly skilled and well known internationally as an etcher and painter.
Born in Krojanke in Germany he was brought up in Berlin. Wolfsfeld enrolled at the Berlin Academy of Arts in 1904 and studied drawing with Konrad Böse, a follower of Adolph von Menzel, and etching with Hans Meyer.
In 1905, he was commissioned by the Prussian governmen
...t to produce etched copies of byzantine frescoes in the classical ruins of Priene. From 1907, the artist worked in Rome, where he developed his skills by working alongside Otto Greiner, and Italian street beggars.
His visits to Egypt, North Africa, Morocco and Palestine, inspired his work as he made innumerable studies using Arabs and Jews as models for his Bibical subjects. He completed a series of paintings of Jewish beggars in Poland 1912. He then went on to study for two years in Paris and 18 months in Italy. It was in Italy his success led him to win the Grand Prix de Rome. Shortly after, he was awarded gold medals at most national and international exhibitions between the two world wars, appointed Professor-Principal at the Berlin Royal Academy Schools of Art 1914
During World War I, Wolfsfeld served two years in the army. It was during this time he took the opportunity to draw portraits of soldiers. He won acclaim for his etchings of nudes, bound prisoners, and beggars. Later, he became a teacher and taught at the Berlin Academy in the 1920s, but he was fired in 1936 by the Nazis because of his Jewish religion.
After leaving his position as professor of painting and etching at the Berlin Academy, he fled Germany in 1939, settling in London. He exhibited at the Royal Academy 1943-56 and his work is held in a number of public collections.
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