A young woman stands at the window of Friedrich’s studio. It is Caroline, the painter’s wife. With her back to the viewer, she is looking out across the River Elbe to the other side. The bare interior of the studio is composed of strict horizontals and verticals. It seems lifeless and unlived in. The only signs of life are the figure of the woman, the sight of the delicate green of the poplar trees, and the wide springtime sky. In this work, Friedrich has adopted a favorite theme of Romanticism, where the framework of a window links proximity and distance and evokes a longing for the unknown. The outward gaze, contemplating nature, also turns inwards towards the individual’s own spiritual center.