Internetehibition March 2015:

Internet exhibition in March 2015:

Girls Act

works in 9 different art techniques:

  • Behind Glass, Brush drawing, Ceramic sculpture, Etching, Gouache, Oil, Painting on ceramic, Pen and ink, Tapestry

Until 1919 was open to art school for women in Karlsruhe - before it was closed because the professors young art students to study "painting of the naked body" did not want to jeopardize. (Students were not considered at risk).

In our days of limitless supply in the Internet of painted act could have lost its attraction. That's right, if it is not about art. But the artist does not paint from, it interprets sexuality, desire, eroticism and decay.

In this history, it is amazing that Ursula Dethleffs has been painted nude women aged 12 years. We do not know whether the "girl Ursula" - as she was affectionately called in early art criticism - was sexually precocious. But in all of her pictures sounds on a colorful, sensual eroticism. In particular, the early works until age 20 groups of naked girls: They lie together, they admire herself in the mirror, they bathe together or sweat together in the sauna.

Only slowly stands at Ursula the girl alone act as the focal point

Female and male nudes were often painted together. Not so with Ursula. I've found so far only a characteristic drawing titled: "Duke Bluebeard and Judith" VMS no. 273076: The naked girl is from the background threatened by the dressed woman murderer Bluebeard!

I'm not a psychologist. Ursula Dethleffs would certainly also prohibited any assessment by physicians and others. The much simpler reason for the selection could be that has not played a supporting role in Ursula's mother, Fridel Dethleffs-Edelmann, the male nude. No one was so revered by Ursula Dethleffs like her mother.

Much more important than the psychological puzzle is for us, who can view Ursula's works today: There are not many artists who have left such beautiful works in so many different art techniques.

Bernd Riedle February 2015

Lying nudes
Ursula Dethleffs
Lying nudes
painted on the back of the glass sheet, 1945
CID: 231006
2 Female nudes
Ursula Dethleffs
2 Female nudes
Drawing with pen and ink, 1947
CID: 272236
Two naked girls
Ursula Dethleffs
Two naked girls
Gouache, 1948
CID: 201038
Girls before mirror
Ursula Dethleffs
Girls before mirror
Gouache, 1948
CID: 201040
Four Bathers
Ursula Dethleffs
Four Bathers
Gouache, 1949
CID: 201024
Female nude by window
Ursula Dethleffs
Female nude by window
Painting on ceramic-Front and Back, 1953
CID: 241354
The redhead - the grandpa's 80th
Ursula Dethleffs
The redhead - the grandpa's 80th
Reverse glass painting, 1955
CID: 231017
Reclining Nude
Ursula Dethleffs
Reclining Nude
modeled clay-glaze, 1955
CID: 260008
Female nude with cock
Ursula Dethleffs
Female nude with cock
modeled clay-glaze, 1955
CID: 260023
Lord Bluebeard and Judith
Ursula Dethleffs
Lord Bluebeard and Judith
Brush drawing ink, 1955
CID: 273076
nude girl kneeling
Ursula Dethleffs
nude girl kneeling
Ink-brush drawing, 1955
CID: 273253
Nude girl
Ursula Dethleffs
Nude girl
Ink-brush drawing, 1955
CID: 273672
Painter and her model
Ursula Dethleffs
Painter and her model
Aquatint etching, 1955
CID: 288019
Nude with Red Hair
Ursula Dethleffs
Nude with Red Hair
Oil on paper, 1956
CID: 252004
Emerging day
Ursula Dethleffs
Emerging day
Lithography, 1956
CID: 284013
Before the performance
Ursula Dethleffs
Before the performance
application carpets, 1957
CID: 212055
Female nude with girl
Ursula Dethleffs
Female nude with girl
Painting on fireclay with glaze, 1957
CID: 241415
Four girls
Ursula Dethleffs
Four girls
Ink Repro color, 1957
CID: 271050
Female Nude
Ursula Dethleffs
Female Nude
Painting-ceramic-fire clay-painted-pottery-glaze, 1958
CID: 241467
In July
Ursula Dethleffs
In July
Reverse glass painting, 1959
CID: 232009
Early morning
Ursula Dethleffs
Early morning
Painting-ceramic-tile-glaze, 1961
CID: 241480