Sulamith Wülfing: Allegories and Transformations

Another recurring theme throughout Sulamith Wülfing’s art is transformation.  Many of her figures are in the midst of change of some sort, often in a symbolic way.  Thus, her ‘young girls as budding flowers’ allegory applies here.  There is, at any rate, an element of the fantastic in most of her work.

Before I post the actual artwork, here is a photo of Wülfing as a young child, taken by (I believe) an uncle.  Certainly a relative of some sort.  I’m not going to label this one as it is already labeled with all the pertinent information: the photographer’s name is at the bottom right and the subject’s name and the date of the photo are at bottom left.

Sulamith Wülfing – Autumn Storm

Sulamith Wülfing – Blue Flower

Sulamith Wülfing – Circle Rounds

Sulamith Wülfing – Circle Rounds (detail)

Sulamith Wülfing – Easter Candles (1952)

Sulamith Wülfing – Everything Sleeps with the Little Flower

Here’s another of my favorite Wülfing pieces. I love the detailing on the boat’s prow and its reflection in the water. Simple a fantastic illustration!

Sulamith Wülfing – In the Boat (1941)

Sulamith Wülfing – Night is Like a Quiet Sea

Sulamith Wülfing – Night is Like a Quiet Sea (detail)

Butterflies and moths, being transformative creatures themselves, frequently make an appearance in her art.

Sulamith Wülfing – Nocturnal Butterflies

Sulamith Wülfing – The Circle (1938)

Sulamith Wülfing – The Circle (detail) (1938)

Sulamith Wülfing – Transformation

Sulamith Wülfing (title unknown) (1)

Sulamith Wülfing (title unknown) (2) (1932)

Wikipedia: Sulamith Wülfing

2 thoughts on “Sulamith Wülfing: Allegories and Transformations

  1. A few years ago I found a YouTube channel that took scenes from movies with children and re-edited them into really colorful and interesting clips with music. I cannot find the channel now as I haven’t used YouTube in a while, but I think it would be an excellent channel to feature in this site. I remember some of the scenes from one clip were a boy and a girl jogging, one clip consisted of scenes from the French movie innocence. I vaguely recall a portion of a clip where a boy was sinking in water and a girl was trying to help him, and then a girl standing in a swing that may have been attached to a hot air balloon. Fantasy is definitely a word that would be used to describe the videos.

    I chose this particular blog post of yours because the colors in the drawings remind me of the enhanced/re-edited colors of the clips in that YouTube channel. Please if you know the channel I am referring to, let me know. I’ve been wanting to revisit those videos. Thanks!

    • That sounds pretty interesting. I love that a lot of people are making their own interesting art out of existing art. I consider it very much akin to musicians sampling other musicians in their own works and I am very much in favor of it.

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