Τρίτη, 31 Μαρτίου 2015

Sulamith Wülfing (1901-1989)



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


                                                                                  In secret


                                                                               Floating


                                                                               Transfiguration


                                                                      Protective Spirit


                                                                     The Big Dragon


                                                                     The Dark Angel


                                                          Nature Spirits, The Angel


                                                                                 Womb


                                                                                     Prepared


                                                                             Rainbow Star




source : http://emg-zine.com/item.php?id=348

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Τετάρτη, 4 Μαρτίου 2015

Pascal-Adolphe-Jean Dagnan-Bouveret (1852-1929)




Pascal-Adolphe-Jean Dagnan-Bouveretwas one of the leading French artists of the naturalist school.
He was born in Paris, the son of a tailor, and was raised by his grandfather after his father emigrated to Brazil. Later he added his grandfather's name, Bouveret, to his own.
From 1869 he studied at the École des Beaux-Arts under Alexandre Cabanel and Jean-Léon Gérôme. In 1873 he opened his own studio with a fellow student Gustave-Claude-Etienne Courtois. From 1875 he exhibited at the Salon, where in 1880 he won the first-class medal for the painting An Accident, and a medal of honour in 1885 for Horses at the Watering Trough.
From the 1880s Dagnan-Bouveret along with Gustave Courtois, maintained a studio in Neuilly-sur-Seine, a fashionable suburb of Paris. By that time he was recognized as a leading modern artist known for his peasant scenes, but also for his mystical-religious compositions. His large-scale painting The Last Supper was exhibited at the Salon de Champ-de-Mars in 1896. He also painted portraits for wealthy clients including the British collector George McCulloch. He was one of the first to use the then new medium of photography to bring greater realism to his paintings.
In 1891 he was made an Officer of the Legion of Honour; in 1900 he became a member of the Institut de France.

 
                                                                           The Pain of Orpheus

    
                                                                               Portrait of a girl


                                                                                Ophelia


                                                                              On the Summit


                                                                            Consolatrix Afflictorum


                                                                   Young Savoyard Eating Under a Door


                                                                            The Last Supper


                                                                                 Ophelia


source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pascal_Dagnan-Bouveret
http://www.wga.hu/bio_m/d/dagnan/biograph.html
http://www.the-athenaeum.org/art/list.php?m=a&s=tu&aid=199

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