Reading (1871). Alfred Joseph Woolmer (British, 1805-1892). Oil on canvas. Russell-Cotes Art Gallery & Museum.
Wollmer’s subject matter covered the literary and historical genre. He was exceptionally prolific and, by age sixty, the number of works he had exhibited had reached 355 at the Society of British Artists, 45 at the British Institution, and 12 at the Royal Academy.
A Relaxing Read. Joseph Lorusso (American, b.1966).
Lorusso has concentrated on honing his powers of observation, especially as it concerns to color, texture, form and composition. Lorusso’s paintings have been described as warm and dreamlike, places of restful escape with a sense of spirituality, and share timelessness with the works of other eras.
Reading (La Lecture), 1888. Berthe Morisot (French, 1841–1895). Oil on canvas. Museum of Fine Arts, St. Petersburg, Florida.
Morisot’s work is often unjustly characterized as feminine. Jeanne Bonnet was the model for this painting. The artist used thick, bold brushstrokes to apply complementary colors of soft tones in blues and greens with touches of red, blue, and yellow. An important member of the Impressionist movement and equally respected by her peers, her style is no more feminine than that of Renoir.
The Princess of Lamballe. Jean-Baptiste Charpentier the Elder (French, 1728-1806). Oil on canvas.
Princess Maria Teresa of Savoy-Carignan (Marie Thérèse) (1749-1792) was married at the age of 17 to Louis Alexandre de Bourbon-Penthièvre, Prince de Lamballe, the heir to the greatest fortune in France. After her marriage, which lasted a year, she went to court and became the confidante of Queen Marie Antoinette. She was killed in the massacres of September 1792 during the French Revolution.