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A children's book illustrator whose publications included The Little Mermaid
by Hans Christian Andersen, Sulamith Wulfing was born in Germany and
raised in a household with much emphasis on spiritualism as her father
was a Theosophist. By age four, she was showing artistic talent,
which she later refined at the Art College in Wuppertal, graduating in
1921. She spent the next decade painting, married in 1932, and
then with her husband, Otto Schulze, Jr., founded a company to print
and distribute her work. The publishing house, Sulamith Wulfing
Verlage, lasted until 1976, and in addition to books, produced
postcards and calendars.
Their published books during the 1930s were softbound with simply
designed covers, and produced at the rate of about one per years.
The color plates were done on special paper and then hand inserted or
'tipped into' each book with a tissue cover.
Distribution methods of her work by the couple were low key, with
artwork released slowly and one at a time. "There was never a
massive media campaign to tell the world about her art, nor was she
ever the collector's darling . . ." This method was a reflection of her
focused approach to her career, and as her own publisher, she avoided
pressure by others to produce quickly to meet publication deadlines.
World War II proved very disruptive to her career as well as her
personal life because much of her art was destroyed as were many other
In 1974, she wrote a book about her life: Band XXV: Das Album. It
was done with the same unassuming presentation as the 24 books
preceding it that she had illustrated and that had been released from
her publishing house. In 1992, the book Sulamith Wulfing
appeared, which was a compilation of her work with black and white and
color drawings and many photos from her personal life. At the end
of her essay of introduction to the book, she wrote of her life's
work: "My drawings are a visual representation of my deepest
feelings---pleasure, fear, sorrow, happiness, humor. And, to
people attuned to my compositions, they may well be mirrors of their
own experiences. . . . For me it is not a matter of
creating illustrations to fit nursery rhyme themes. My ideas come to me
from many sources, and in such harmony with my personal experiences
that I can turn them into these fairy compositions."
Sulamith Wulfing died in 1989, and her son, Otto Schulze, Jr., continues to publish her work.
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