Erich Wolfsfeld (Krojanke 1884 - London 1956)
The Head of a Soldier Sold
Pen, brush and brown ink and brown wash. Signed Erich Wolfsfeld at the lower left. 373 x 266 mm. (14 5/8 x 10 1/2 in.)ENQUIRE
The present sheet was drawn during the First World War, when Wolfsfeld served in the German army as an officer and a trainer of military police dogs. The artist was able to work during his army service, and produced a number of drawings and sketches of military subjects, including several studies of wounded soldiers. These were usually drawn in a combination of pencil, chalk, brown ink and brown or grey wash, and the artist sometimes even used boot polish, which may be the case with the present sheet. A related drawing of the same soldier seen from the front, of identical technique and dimensions, was exhibited in London in 1986.
By descent in the family of the artist.