She is finding escape from routine in the pages of a novel. Or searching the pages of a more serious work for a way to broaden her horizons or transform her life. Or poring over a letter from a loved one. The reading woman herself is a long, complex story that has fascinated generations of artists.
A book can stop time, transcend circumstances, conjure a world in which to lose oneself. The four paintings in this notecard assortment, all from the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, achieve the same thing: just as the reading woman has temporarily set herself free from her life’s narrative, so can we leave ours as we contemplate her image.
The artwork represented in this boxed notecard assortment are:
by Laura Coombs Hills, 1899.
Reading on the Rocks, Grand Manan
by George Brown c. 1877.
by William Worcester Churchill, 1910.
Mrs. Duffee Seated on a Striped Sofa, Reading
by Stenenson Cassatt, 1876.