Portrait de Lucie lisant un livre. Jacques-Émile Blanche (French, 1861-1942). Oil on canvas.
Blanche, a writer and painter, had both talent and charm, and he enjoyed a great vogue in his day. His work lacks originality and was much influenced by such contemporaries as Tissot and Sargent. The loose brushwork and subdued colouring of his portraits are also reminiscent of Manet and English 18th-century artists, especially Gainsborough.
Child with Red Hair Reading - Lilla Cabot Perry
Woman reading (c.1910). Gertrude Stanton Käsebier (American, 1852-1934).
"My children and their children have been my closest thought, but from the first days of dawning individuality, I have longed unceasingly to make pictures of people…to make likenesses that are biographies, to bring out in each photograph the essential personality." — Gertrude Käsebier
Rebecca, The Clothes Horse, reading The Brownings: Letters and Poetry. Picture by Jon.
Elizabeth Barrett and Robert Browning, who was six years her junior, exchanged 574 letters over twenty months, Their romance was bitterly opposed by her father, who did not want any of his children to marry. In 1846, the couple eloped and settled in Florence, where Elizabeth’s health improved and she bore a son, Robert Wideman Browning.