Wednesday, August 10, 2011

Special Feature: The Reader by Edouard Manet

80 x 98 cm (31.4" x 38.4")
Currently at Missouri St. Louis Art Museum

I always want to know more about a work of art than the basic details such as size, date, present location. It's always intriguing to find out who the subject of the painting is, how they came to sit for the artist, whether there's any kind of personal connection there. Unfortunately less famous works of even famous artists present a challenge in that they're hardly mentioned anywhere and when they are only the most basic details are available. That's the problem I face with this painting as well and if any of you, my wonderful readers, know anything interesting about it please share!

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