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 on display

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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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07.06.2024