The reader. Arthur Meltzer (American, 1893-1989).
The book is open, but the woman does not turn the pages. Perhaps she has read the book many times and it has become a bank of memories rather than a new story. A word or a phrase is all that is required to bring forth one of the pleasant memories.
Woman Reading (1915). Rupert Bunny (Australian, 1864-1947), Oil on canvas.
In 1901 Bunny left the Paris Old Salon for the New (Société Nationale des Beaux-Arts). This coincided with a change in his work from large, idealized subject compositions drawn from the Bible and especially classical mythology, painted in a neo-classical style touched with Pre-Raphaelitism, to paintings of women, landscapes, and portraiture.
French actress Fanny Ardant reading in bookshop. Photographed for French Vogue in 1979.
Ardant was raised in Monte Carlo where she was educated at a convent school. A voracious reader, she discovered Proust at age 15 and felt as though his writings were for her.
Hydrangeas by Vladimir Volegov