Sculpture and relief - 1950 to 1994

From 1950 to 1955, devoted the young Ursula Dethleffs first time - after many drawings, collages, etc. - her three-dimensional sculpture. Two important ceramics from these five years we show here - they were exhibited in museums and not for sale:

The figurative girl group "sauna" VMS 260018 from 1952

The abstract sculpture "nail tree" VMS number. 260016 from 1954

After 1955, emerged years no new sculptures. Only when the artist in 1980, so 25 years later, the object-art turned, sculptures and reliefs were their central expression form.

One of these first sculpture was the "Warrior" - VMS number. 262050. He created in 1981 as part of the peace movement in Germany. Youth and artists at that time protesting against nuclear medium-range missiles in Germany, against the arms race.

In the "Warriors" are the materials consumed for the outdated military thinking is true for the old helmet, for the remains of the back pack as well as the only ridiculous, red smeared plate. The torso of the "warrior" itself is stiff and rattle-arid. Could humanity in a nuclear war by "warriors" rescued? No - neither through this "warrior" even by soldiers. Disarmament was the new hope.

Until her death worked Ursula Dethleffs - unlike before - only with old kitchen furniture of farmers, with unusable saws, etc. from the remains of fellow artisans. Goods at the beginning of the intermediate-range nuclear missiles, the point, then changed the artist soon their concept. The object-art was no longer a means for the attack against something, but a means for the defense of Ursula Dethleffs. For example, the defense of our earth, our resources of reason. With the object of art could show that of old wonderfully new to be created. Just as Ursula Dethleffs and other artists with creativity and perseverance, with intelligence and humor an infinite variety of new art works created:

some of these works can be seen here.

1952 was one of her first sculptures created "sauna". Later - 1981 1st warriors emerged. At the end of their work the "Little Harlequin" is - with his big head and the questioning eyes - VMS number. 262,236th from 1992. It is reminiscent of the famous clown Grock Wettach from Switzerland. Ursula's father, Arist Dethleffs had constructed for Grock a special caravan at its factory in Isny. If Mrs, Grock-Wettach has had new desires, Grock came to visit to make change. He laughed then and said: "Qu'est-ce que ma femme veut, Dieu veut"

Bernd Riedle May 2016

Sauna -Front
Ursula Dethleffs
Sauna -Front
Modeled-clay-glaze-burned-in-pottery-kiln, 1952
CID: 260018
Nail Tree
Ursula Dethleffs
Nail Tree
modeled clay-glaze nails, 1954
CID: 260016
Warrior-II
Ursula Dethleffs
Warrior-II
Sculpture in wood and metal etc., 1981
CID: 262050
Cult tableau
Ursula Dethleffs
Cult tableau
Sculpture in wood-variations, metal etc, 1986
CID: 262257
Up
Ursula Dethleffs
Up
Relief wood, 1987
CID: 224038
Wife of Socrates
Ursula Dethleffs
Wife of Socrates
Sculpture in wood and metal, 1987
CID: 262032
Mother Earth II
Ursula Dethleffs
Mother Earth II
Sculpture wood, 1987
CID: 262056
Wedlock
Ursula Dethleffs
Wedlock
Sculpture in woodvariations and metal, 1987
CID: 262195
Formation
Ursula Dethleffs
Formation
Relief wood, 1988
CID: 224021
Manhattan
Ursula Dethleffs
Manhattan
Sculpture wood, 1988
CID: 224025
Poseidon
Ursula Dethleffs
Poseidon
Relief Wood-painted, 1988
CID: 224061
Blue and Jade
Ursula Dethleffs
Blue and Jade
Relief wood- Plastic, 1988
CID: 224125
Gangster Trio
Ursula Dethleffs
Gangster Trio
Relief from wood-horsehair-colored wire-white head nails, 1988
CID: 224152
Integration
Ursula Dethleffs
Integration
Relief wood, 1988
CID: 224157
Earl
Ursula Dethleffs
Earl
Sculpture wood, 1989
CID: 224010
Countess
Ursula Dethleffs
Countess
Sculpture wood, 1989
CID: 224011
Maske II / Mask II
Ursula Dethleffs
Maske II / Mask II
Relief from wood ect., 1989
CID: 224019
Triptych (left)
Ursula Dethleffs
Triptych (left)
Relief wood-metal-color, 1989
CID: 224114
Triptych (middle)
Ursula Dethleffs
Triptych (middle)
Relief wood-metal-color, 1989
CID: 224115
Maske III / Mask III
Ursula Dethleffs
Maske III / Mask III
Relief wood-metal-Christmas tree decorations, 1989
CID: 224132
Untitled
Ursula Dethleffs
Untitled
Relief wood- metal-mold - color, 1989
CID: 224133
Ikarus II
Ursula Dethleffs
Ikarus II
Relief wood with shingles, 1989
CID: 224146
archaic head
Ursula Dethleffs
archaic head
Wood-metal sculpture, 1989
CID: 262002
Magna Charta
Ursula Dethleffs
Magna Charta
Sculpture in wood, metal, 1989
CID: 262034
Pair
Ursula Dethleffs
Pair
Sculpture wood, metal etc., 1989
CID: 262057
Temptation
Ursula Dethleffs
Temptation
Sculpture wood., 1989
CID: 262192
Drude
Ursula Dethleffs
Drude
Relief Wood Horn flax, 1990
CID: 224037
Enchanted witch
Ursula Dethleffs
Enchanted witch
Relief wood etc., 1990
CID: 224046
couple
Ursula Dethleffs
couple
Wood sculpture, 1990
CID: 262001
Tuareg
Ursula Dethleffs
Tuareg
Sculpture wood, metal, 1990
CID: 262063
Small Harlequin
Ursula Dethleffs
Small Harlequin
Wood sculpture, 1990
CID: 262236