window as closure

(the fact that all windows are also mirrors points perhaps - perhaps - to the fact that every look upon the other is inevitably obstructed by the self)



blue figure in the window

...journey to no end

beyond the vivid severance of each day,
strangeness at doors, a different solitude
between the mirror and the window,
marked visible absences, colours of the mind,

marginal angels lightning-sketched in red chalk
on the month's accounts or marigolds
in paint runnily embossed, or the renounced self-portrait
with a seraph and a storm.

Geoffrey Hill
, from Terribilis est locus iste



through and against the window

To awaken on a cold autumn morning full of yellowish light. To force your way through the half-shut window and while still in front of the panes, before you fall, to hover, arms extended, belly arched, legs curved backwards, like the figures on the bows of ships in old times.


To run against the window and, weak after exerting all one's strength, to step over the window sill through the splintered wood and glass.

Franz Kafka


at the janaceks

Josef Sudek (1948)


high romantic windows


Creator: Friedrich, Caspar David, 1774-1840.
Date: ca. 1825
Date destroyed or lost: 1931
Nationality: German
Medium: Oil on canvas
Object dimensions: 30 x 22 cm
Former repository: Amsler & Ruthardt Gallery, Berlin
Circumstances of destruction or loss: Destroyed 1931 in fire at the Glass Palace, Munich
Notes: For additional information see: Borsch-Supan, Helmut. 1973. Caspar David Friedrich; Gemalde, Druckgraphik und bildmassige Zeichnungen. Munchen: Prestel-Verlag, cat. no. 331.
Subject: World War, 1939-1945 -- Destruction and pillage -- Germany
World War, 1939-1945 -- Art and the war
Art treasures in war
Figures -- Female
Mother and child
Glaspalast (Munich, Germany)
Photo description: Unlabeled clipping
Source: Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute Library Photo Archive, 225 South Street, Williamstown MA, 01267
Type: Painting
Collection: Lost Art

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