Woman reading. Cover art by Helen Dryden. Vogue, 1917.
As vivid as the blue leaves above her, this woman’s pink and orange ensemble shows all the fashionable details that readers need to know. In the background awaits her thatched cottage. This charming illustration, by Dryden, appeared on the June 1, 1917, cover of Vogue.
A quiet read. Ernst Anders (German, 1845-1911). Oil on panel.
“No matter how busy you may think you are, you must find time for reading, or surrender yourself to self-chosen ignorance.” — Confucius
Choosing a Book. Ladislaus Bakalowicz (Polish, 1833-1904). Oil on panel.
A classic style Polish school painter, Bakalowicz studied at the Warsaw School of Fine Arts from 1849 to 1854. He relocated to France in 1863, settling in Paris where he became a French citizen. Bakalowicz married actress Wiktoryna Szymanowska and had a son, Stefan, who also became a painter well known in Russian Empire.
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Breton Girl Reading. Roderic O’Conor (Irish, 1860-1940). Oil on canvas.
O’Conor’s preference for attributing literary interests to his Breton models speaks not only of his own love of books, but also of the cultural exchange that took place in Pont-Aven between well educated visiting painters and a peasantry that had been largely closed to the outside world until the 1870s. There is certainly nothing in this study of quiet, focused concentration to infer any sense of intellectual or cultural superiority.
In the Garden at Villiers-le-Bel (1889). Frederick Childe Hassam (American, 1859-1935). Oil on canvas.
It is scenes of women and flower gardens that are a genre for which Hassam is particularly recognized and which comprise the subject of some of his most memorable images. In the garden at Villiers-le-Bel, pots of brilliant flowers take center stage. The flowers in small pots await planting while the lady (perhaps Hassam’s wife) reads in comfort.
"Books were safer than other people anyway." - Neil Gaiman