Reading Lesson (1865). Auguste Toulmouche (French, 1829-1890). Oil on canvas. Museum of Fine Arts Boston.
Although Toulmouche also produced portraits and landscapes, he is primarily known for his intimate interior scenes of domestic life. His paintings exhibit the polished, academic style typical of Gleyre and his followers. In 1870 he was made a Chevalier of the Legion of Honour.
Catherine Deneuve reads.
Lilian Langrishe Bennett
Clara Bow reads in Bed
Thoughts (1883). John Henry Henshall (British, 1856-1928). Pencil and watercolour heightened with body colour.
Painted at the height of the Aesthetic movement. There is a minimum of narrative content. The conception is highly Aesthetic, the dress of the girl being balanced by the colours and decoration used in the interior, which is painted with meticulous detail, down to the feather quill lying on the floor.
reading woman in pompeii