In “Der Aufbruch” (2012) a blond boy in a Christian-Schad-like shirt and framed by a swan, stands awkwardly off-center while a sailor wrapped around a building is trying to coax an indifferent canary bird into his hand. A horse-drawn carriage is advancing quickly from the left amidst Moorish-looking architecture. The title of this work most likely refers to Kafka’s parable “Der Aufbruch” (The Departure), about a metamorphic equine trip into unknown – no doubt related to the coming-out symbolism in the scene. Welcome to the weird and wonderful world of German painter Katharina Wulff! Complex, strange, and with an exquisite surrealist bent, Wulff’s figurative paintings are expert compositions that focus the eye on a visual path that is exasperatedly ambiguous yet firmly ground in the flattened surroundings of Wulff’s adopted home town of Marrakech. They are tokens of a contemporary painter that understands history, perspective, and color, and has the ability to take us on to a mysterious journey. At Greene Naftali through December 23.