Women Readers in French Painting 1870-1890: A Space for the Imagination
A monograph examining the representation of women reading in late-19th-century French art, this book evaluates the pictorial significance of this imagery, its popular and critical reception, and its relevance to changing notions of femininity and social relations from 1870 to 1886.
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1870 oil on canvas 37 5 X 45 7 cm 1 10 Edouard Manet The Gare
Hanna Fund 1950 89 The Cleveland 2 1 Gustave Caillebotte Interior Woman
1883 etching with drypoint engraving 1876 oil on canvas 46 X 55 cm private
Bridgeman Art Library Reading an Illustrated Journal 188081
A republic of readers
Museum Purchase 3 5 Marie Adrien Lavieille Going
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