Sulamith Wülfing: Allegories and Transformations

(Last Updated On June 19, 2022)

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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