Portrait of Dorothy Stone
Erich Wolfsfeld (1885–1956) born in Germany. He studied at the Berlin Academy, 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. Dismissed from his position at the Berlin Academy in 1935, he left Germany in 1939, immigrating to Britain. In 1940 he was briefly interned on the Isle of Man. 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.