The Female Rückenfigur

Curated by Melody Cheng. Works by Caspar David Friedrich (German, 1774 – 1840), Romanticism, landscape painting

Rückenfigur, a German term meaning "the turned figure", is a pictorial characteristic applied by Casper David Friedrich.
Joseph Leo Koerner examines the effects of using the turned figure as a mediator between viewers and his vision and a compositional device.
The lone male figure in Friedrich’s paintings has attracted attention of many scholars. By contrast, the female Rückenfigur seems to be neglected.
The lone woman is often positioned in a domestic setting. Leaning on the sill, the woman looks comfortable to stay indoors to view the irregular trees and clouds. She is by no means an eager wanderer.
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