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

By the Window, 1890 – 1891

80.5 x 65.5 cm
Physical Description
Oil on canvas
Inventory Number
SG 632
Acquired in 1938
Not on display


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.


  • Basic information
  • Focus on Frankfurt

Work Data

Basic Information

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

Property and Acquisition

Städel Museum, Frankfurt am Main
Picture Copyright
Public Domain
Acquired in 1938

Work Content

Motifs and References

Main Motif
Associated Persons and Institutions


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

Research and Discussion


Object History
Fritz von Uhde
verkauft an die Kunsthandlung J.P. Schneider, Frankfurt am Main, 1895
Martin Flersheim (1856-1935), Frankfurt am Main, seit mindestens 1913
Nachlass Martin Flersheim, 1935
verkauft durch Fritz Mertens (Rechtsanwalt der Flersheims) an die Stadt Frankfurt am Main, 1938
Verbleib in der Sammlung nach Vereinbarung mit den Erben nach Florence Flersheim geb. Livingston (1864-1950) lt. Magistratsbeschluss vom 25. September 1950.


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