The women in this notecard assortment read in peaceful rooms and pastoral gardens. They turn to books for entertainment, insight, and revelation, and they rely on periodicals and the mail to bring news of matters large and small. Just as the reading woman sets free her imagination and becomes absorbed in the written words before her, so can we briefly enter the world depicted in each painting and take part in its narrative. Within these intimate portrayals lies the opportunity for enlightenment and the seductive retreat from the concerns of everyday life. 20 assorted cards, 5 of each style. Measures 5 x 7 in.
Contains five each of the following notecards:
Girl Reading, 1856, by Alfred Émile Stevens (Belgian, 1823–1906)
Reading, 1888, by Childe Hassam (American, 1859–1935)
The Letter, 1910, by Henry Caro-Delvaille (French, 1876–1928)
Portrait of Maria Adelaide (1732–1800) of France in Turkish Costume, 1753, by Jean-Étienne Liotard (Swiss, 1702–1789)