Jan 25, 2012

Portrait of Professor Martin Wolff

Portrait of Professor Martin Wolff


Ilse Bing

(American, 1899–1998)

Gelatin silver print

Image: 28 x 22.2 cm (11 x 8 3/4 in.); Paper: 28 x 22.2 cm (11 x 8 3/4 in.); Matted: 50.8 x 40.6 cm (20 x 16 in.)

Gift of George Stephanopoulos 2011.234



While a portion of Bing’s income was derived from portrait commissions, this portrait and the one to its right were likely made for personal reasons. Martin Wolff (1872–1953) was a noted legal scholar who had been expelled from the faculty of the University of Berlin in 1934 because of his Jewish heritage and liberal views. His son, pianist and musicologist Konrad Wolff, met Bing in 1935, the year this picture was taken. They became engaged in 1936 and wed in 1937. The following year Martin Wolff immigrated to Britain, where he became a fellow at Oxford University.

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