Jackie looks through a book at a book fair at New York’s Plaza Hotel, April 1, 1977. Suzanne Vlamis / The Associated Press.
Mrs. Onassis’s lifelong passion for reading, and her two decades in publishing, reveal much about her as a person: the intellect behind the fashion plate, the analytical mind behind the famous face. She would sneak books out of her mother’s library, and, at Miss Porter’s School, would not let her roommate, Nancy Tuckerman, interrupt her reading.
Seated Woman. Jules Adolphe Goupil (French, 1839-1883). Oil on canvas. Vanderbilt University Fine Arts Gallery.
As with Seated Woman, Goupil was known for painting genre scenes and portraits with a wonderful tightness and exactitude. The face of the woman, the books, and her dress are highlighted by means of the background black, floor brown, and tablecloth green.