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.
Since 2001, the Städel Museum has systematically been researching the provenance of all objects that were acquired during the National Socialist period, or that changed owners or could have changed owners during those years. The basis for this research is the “Washington Declaration”, also known as the “Washington Conference Principles”, formulated at the 1998 “Conference on Holocaust-Era Assets” and the subsequent “Joint Declaration”.
The provenance information is based on the sources researched at the time they were published digitally. However, this information can change at any time when new sources are discovered. Provenance research is therefore a continuous process and one that is updated at regular intervals.
Ideally, the provenance information documents an object’s origins from the time it was created until the date when it found its way into the collection. It contains the following details, provided they are known:
The successive ownership records are separated from each other by a semicolon.
Gaps in the record of a provenance are indicated by the placeholder “…”. Unsupported information is listed in square brackets.
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