As a particularly apt metaphor for girls achieving womanhood, the blossoming flower has long been employed by artists and poets in this sense. But Wülfing took the idea and ran with it, placing adolescent girls inside of flowers. A couple of times she used the ‘flower bud as womb’ metaphor in the same way, showing translucent buds bearing glowing infants, but it is really the blooming adolescent girl that most fascinated her, and that is the focus of this post.
As we can see in this first image, even when the flowers weren’t birthing children or young ladies in her art, they were still often oversized, to accommodate the artist’s love for depicting sensuous details like intricate leaves and petals. With the juxtaposition of flowers and girls, Wülfing was really in her element.