Henry Fuseli

A Woman standing, seen from the back, drawing a curtain aside

A Woman standing, seen from the back, drawing a curtain aside by Henry Fuseli

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In spite of her delicate slipper-clad feet, the transparent nature of the shift worn by this ‘courtesan’ gives a sense of the heft of her figure, suggesting a female of some force and power. Unlike the common fear expressed in John Knox’s 1558 tract, ‘The First Blast of the Trumpet Against the Monstrous Regimen of Women’, Fuseli gained erotic enjoyment from his depictions of dominant women. An initial sketch of the woman’s pose shows her anatomy as if écorché or flayed, thereby emphasising her musculature.

Title
A Woman standing, seen from the back, drawing a curtain aside
Artist/creator
Production date
circa 1795-circa 1800
Medium
pencil, pen with grey, brown and pink wash
Dimensions
307 x 173 mm
Credit line
Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki, purchased 1965
Accession no
1965/55
Copyright
No known copyright restrictions
Department
International Art
Display status
Not on display

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