Lost in Her Dreams, Robert A. Sieczkiewicz
Does thou see what does not belong to thee?
Does thy heart flutter as a butterfly?
Does thy soul think of the future to be?
Does thou surely feel that thy love be nigh?
Gentle woman being so young so pure,
Have a tight hold on the reins of thy heart.
Protect it from thy bewildering lure,
Dissuade the rake who is soon to depart.
Thou youthful in spirit should bade thy time.
Love, the song bird will in time fill the air.
Thou to be placed in a soft bed of thyme,
Two hearts joined as one in a life to share.
The path of love is never to be known,
It is fickle with a mind of its own.
Friedrich von Amerling painted Lost in Her Dreams in 1835. According to one source “Amerling’s genre paintings are seldom of large-scale scenes, and they usually refrain from any sort of moralization. In this example, too, the mood is set by nothing more than facial expression and gesture, supported by a few props. The veil of black lace frames the girl’s fine features and puts her in just the right light.”
My point here is not to debate whether or not Amerling was moralizing in this work of art. He definitely had a story to tell. The head covering and the book could place her in a church. Has she been distracted from her devotional prayers? Something has caught her eye. I sense that it is a deep distraction. She is not angered nor pleased.
There is something in the shading of the brow that give me the feeling of tenseness but the eyes show nothing but attentiveness. Notice the placement of the book she holds. It is not the normal position one would hold a book if reading. I can image the book slipping downward as she is pulled deeper into her thoughts of what the eyes see.
The right hands supports my feeling that what she sees in not uncomfortable to her. She is not exasperated because of the lightness of her touch. If the palm were placed flat against her chest I would think other wised because of crossed messages. To me this is one beautiful painting with much feeling.