Women Reading


Carl Axel Printzensköld (1864-1926)    Andakt, 1888

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Passengers reading on a Pan Am Boeing 307 (1940-1947).

The first of Pan American World Airways’ four-motored airliners with sleeping compartments was the Boeing 307, which featured another innovation: the pressurized cabin. Built for added comfort, the clipper was equipped to carry 33 passengers in day flights and 25 at night. Full course meals were served, and dressing rooms were smartly decorated. 




The Blue Gown (1915). Robert Spencer (American, 1879-1931).

Spencer was interested in figurative painting, although typically the people he depicted were anonymous members of a crowd rather than familiar individuals. Toward the end of his life, Spencer also experimented with a looser, more spontaneous style somewhat akin to modernist ideas.


Young Girl Reading (1904). Pierre-Auguste Renoir (French, Impressionism, 1841-1919). Oil on canvas.

Turning to the idle pastimes of young, middle-class girls, Renoir gave inimitable expression to his feeling that a picture, above all, “should be something likeable, joyous and pretty—yes, pretty. There are enough ugly things in life not to add to them.” 


Young woman reading. Marc Chalmé (French, 1969-).

Chalmé’s paintings of a world we are familiar with — homes, quiet streets scenes, women, children and still lifes of everyday objects — have an unusual dreamlike quality. His works are intimate scenes of small moments — a woman setting the table, descending the stairs, or, in this case, reading a book.