Sunday, February 7, 2010

In response to Kay's The Beauty of Reading

Recently I picked up this printed miniature in an op shop of a little girl reading. How lovely is it? It's about four inches tall and I've hung it up next to my main book shelf, right next to where I write.


Kay's been doing a series of posts in which she features paintings of women reading. They're simply beautiful, and full of so much love. I imagine most were painted by lovers and fathers and brothers of the women in their lives. The expressions are full of sweet repose.

Does anyone recognise the picture above? I imagine it's from some nineteenth-century painting, but I have no idea which one. I'd be curious to know so when I have people over for dinner I can say, Oh, that's blah-blah by blah-blah-blah; isn't she sweet?

11 comments:

  1. That's soooo pretty -I love stuff like that.

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  2. love the frame. it's beautiful :)

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  3. I think it's by Jean Baptiste Camille Corot. It looks so sweet in that frame!

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  4. Lauren, you're right! It's called "Girl Reading". Corot has at least three other paintings of girls reading (including one that Kay has in her post). Thank you!

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  5. Oh, neato! I have a couple of things like this, but they aren't book related, they're just stuffy-looking people.

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  6. I concur, it is a Corot! He did enjoy painting women reading :) I love it, and that frame is beautiful, too.

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  7. Sweet! Not as sweet as a kitty reading, but sweet ;)

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  8. Lenore--LOL, you're right, a kitty reading would be super sweet!

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  9. love miniatures like this. and i'll have to check out the girls/ women reading posts you mentioned for more. they are sweet pictures.

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