Utilizing a vivid palette and a heavy impasto, Jose Wolff was, above all else, a painter of light. He was born in the Belgian city of Liege in 1884 and having shown artistic promise as a young man was enrolled into the Academy of Liege to study painting. His time at the Academy coincided with the tenure of the great Evariste Carpentier who became Wolff’s teacher and mentor. In 1902, and having completed his studies in Liege, he moved to Paris to work at the atelier of the figure painter, Fernand Cormon. This was followed by further study in Spain with Gustavo Boldao at his studio in Seville. After all of these various influences it was time for Wolff to embark on his career as a professional artist so he established his own atelier in Liege and commenced exhibiting his paintings widely. In 1914 he went to Paris in the company of two artist friends Jean Romain and Charles Duhamel but would return to Belgium as war was imminent. He spent the war years in Liege but, as with many of his contempories, found the public’s appetite for acquiring paintings seriously impacted. By 1919 and with the war one year past, Jose Wolff continued his career in earnest. Although he would never reside anywhere else but his hometown, his reputation spread far and he found a public eager to acquire his cheery Impressionist pieces. Later in life he concentrated on poster design but it is as an easel painter that he is best remembered. Paintings by Wolff are housed at the Art Wallon collection of the Museum of Liege.