SCHICK, Christian Gottlieb
(b. 1776, Stuttgart, d. 1812, Stuttgart)

Heinrike Dannecker

1802
Oil on canvas, 119 x 100 cm
Nationalgalerie, Berlin

A young girl sits in profile, turning nonchalantly towards the audience. The background is soft, a random landscape, but she is vivid, the composition is balanced and graceful. Her vibrant blue dress and red vest pop out of the painting, and her luminous face gives off an expression of wistfulness and curiosity. Upon closer examination, it is Schick's tomb she sits upon.

This likeness is startling for its brilliant colouring and decidedly anti-Classical, blonde, broad features. Heinrike's frank gaze is at odds with the artifice of her gestures and daintily pointed slippers.