By the Window, Fritz von Uhde
Fritz von Uhde
By the Window
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Fritz von Uhde

By the Window, 1890 – 1891


Dimensions
80.5 x 65.5 cm
Physical Description
Oil on canvas
Inventory Number
SG 632
Acquisition
Acquired in 1938
Status
Not exhibited

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About the Work

As if looking out for someone, the seamstress leans out of the window into the open air. Although the promise of a sunny city view beckons, the tools of her trade keep her indoors. We can see the ambivalence of the new female role: on the one hand, the woman is freed from the domestic sphere by her work, but on the other, the modern working world introduces new constraints. Uhde breaks with the popular Romantic motif of the protagonist gazing melancholically out of the window at nature by referencing the everyday working routine of the seamstress and by crossing the spatial boundary.

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  • 00:44
    Basic information
  • 01:21
    Focus on Frankfurt

Work Data

Basic Information

Title
By the Window
Painter
Period Produced
Object Type
Physical Description
Oil on canvas
Material
Technique
Label at the Time of Manufacture
Signiert unten links: F v Uhde

Property and Acquisition

Institution
Administration
Collection
Picture Copyright
© Städel Museum
Acquisition
Acquired in 1938

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Motifs and References

Genre
Main Motif
Associated Persons and Institutions

Iconclass

Primary
  • 31D15 adult woman
  • 41A3362 human figure at (open) window, seen from inside
Secondary
  • 41A721 chair
  • 41D4413 sewing machine
  • 25I city-view, and landscape with man-made constructions

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15.05.2019