The art of Sulamith Wülfing reveals a hidden mystical world that captures the beauty and spirituality of darkness and light, fairies and angels, and otherworldly spirits. She beckons us to enter a realm of fantasy, rich in symbolism and medieval-style ornamentation.
In 1901 Sulamith was born in Wuppertal-Elberfeld, Germany to Theosophist parents Karl and Hedwig Wülfing. As a child she had visions of angels, fairies, gnomes, and nature spirits. She first began drawing these creatures at the age of four. The visions continued throughout her life and directly inspired her paintings.
Sulamith graduated from the Art College in Wuppertal in 1921, and in 1932 married Otto Schulze, a professor at the Art College. Together, they created the Sulamith Wülfing Verlag Publishing House. During World War II, the industrial area around Wuppertal became a bombing target, and Wülfing's home was destroyed, along with many of her paintings. The Wülfing family faced many more hardships during the war, beginning with her family becoming separated after receiving a false report of her husband's death on the Russian front. With her only child and her mother, she fled to France; where they were later reunited on Christmas Day in 1945. During this traumatic time, Sulamith relied on Jiddu Krishnamurti, her spiritual mentor. She believed his influence helped her through difficult times and his guidance kept her out of the concentration camps.
Sulamith paintings feature slender, fair-haired, young fey women with large eyes and sad or thoughtful faces, wearing elaborately patterned gowns or robes, and sometimes veils, snoods, wreaths, or jeweled crowns. These maidens are placed in outdoor settings of twilight woods and moonlit meadows, or in castle-like interiors with Gothic detail and Celtic knot work. Many of the paintings have a "fairytale" feel, with grinning dwarves and gnomes, knights in armor and dragons. Some have a holiday focus, usually Christmas or Easter. In the more spiritually-themed images, radiantly winged beings appear to give comfort or counsel to troubled humans. Several of the paintings touch upon the theme of pregnancy and motherhood, while others echo the experience of loneliness and separation, and still others are indicative of love and fulfillment.
The First Butterfly
The Big Dragon
The Dark Angel
Nature Spirits, The Angel
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