Sunday, April 10, 2011


                                                                                                                      Woman at the Window by Caspar David Friedrich, 1822

I love windows. And I'm sure I'll be writing more about that on other days. But today I'd like to be in Manhattan at the show that just opened at the Met: “Rooms With a View: The Open Window in the 19th Century”.  It's a small show, exploring " the open window as a favored motif of certain Romantic painters — mostly German, Scandinavian or French". (All quotes from the New York Times review by Roberta Smith.)

I especially love that all the windows are open.

                                                                                                                             Woman Embroidering by Georg Friedrich Kersting, 1811
The show is small--31 paintings and 22 works on paper. Several are artists in their studios.

                                                                                                                                     The Painter Friedrich Mathai in his Studio, Kersting 1812
"As seen here, the window often is the focal point for a certain poignant, implicitly Romantic yearning, functioning as an interface between near and far, known and mysterious, private and public, art and nature." 

You can see more pictures from the show here

Enjoy your day--

1 comment:

  1. I saw the review for this in the WSJ and thought it sounded so wonderful! Very cool that you posted about it...