Wols, c. 1940
Alfred Otto Wolfgang Schulze (1913-1951) was born in Berlin into a wealthy family; his father was a high-ranking civil servant and patron of the arts who maintained friendships with many prominent artists of the period, including Otto Dix. In 1919, the family moved to Dresden where his father was appointed head of the Saxon State Chancellery. The following year Wols started taking violin lessons, showing a precocious musical talent. Fritz Busch, the conductor of the Dresden Opera, then offered to get him a post as a first violinist with an orchestra. Instead he worked for a few months in the studio of the photographer Genja Jonas.
Wols, Mademoiselle Nicole Bouban, 1936
Wols, On lui fait une radio, 1939