Women Reading

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Woman Reading (1940). Adrian Paul Allinson (British, 1890-1959) Waterman Fine Art Ltd, London.

Allinson studied at the Slade School of Fine Art. Following his first exhibition, at the Alpine Club Gallery, in February 1911, he became one of the founding members of the Camden Town Group, and with other members later joined with the Vorticists to form The London Group.

Gertrude Käsebier
 Woman reading, ca. 1910

(Source: 43nils, via thomerama)

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Audrey Hepburn reads under umbrella in The Nun’s Story. Belgian Congo, © Leo Fuchs, 1958.

In 1930, in Belgium, Gabrielle van der Mal decides to leave her the upper-class family to enter a convent, expecting to work as nun in Congo with tropical diseases. She subjects herself to the stringent rules of the retrograde institution, including interior silent and excessive humbleness and humiliation.

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Liseuse sur un canapé. Georges d’Espagnat (French, 1870-1950). Oil on canvas. 

D’Espagnat went on to become one of the most individualistic of 20th century French painters. Although associated with many of the greatest names in 20th century art, and though his work has at various times been identified as Fauve, Nabis or Impressionist, he retained his own individuality.