Women Reading


Student reading. Mid-Year Fashions. For The Girl  In And Out of College. Vogue, December 1950. Photography: Diane and Allan Arbus.

In 1946, after the war, the Arbuses began a commercial photography business called Diane & Allan Arbus, with Diane as art director and Allan as the photographer. They contributed to Glamour, Seventeen, Vogue, Harper’s Bazaar, and other magazines even though “they both hated the fashion world.”


Curious Woman (1848). Jean-Baptiste Antoine Emile Béranger (French, 1814-1883). Oil on panel. Hermitage.

In a cluttered library, a maid sets aside her broom to read in a large book with illustrations. A smile forms on her lips as perhaps she is reading a humorous passage or an interesting bit of dialog.