Henry Fuseli

In contrast to the dramatically intensified scenes of his paintings after literary models, with this image of a lady at the open window gazing dreamily into the night Fuseli invokes an elegiac mood. Typical of Fuseli’s figures of women are the long, slender limbs and the somewhat eccentric twist of the body. Ensuring that the effect of this calm scenery is not entirely harmless are the sharp contrasts between the bright moonlight and the impenetrable darkness and the lady’s gaze, fixed on something unseen.