Woman Reading

Woman Reading is an oil painting produced in 1879 by French painter Edouard Manet.

This painting was reserved by the Art Institute of Chicago, USA in 2000 and is currently located there.

The picture Woman Reading depicts a young woman seated on a cafe who was fashionably dressed, cafe seems to be outside yet she remains bundled up. The woman is holding the journal in both of her hands. From the figure, it was not clear that she was reading the journal or using large pages of the journal as to screen surreptitious looks coming from her right depicted by her looks. In an event, the landscape behind her was thought to be an adjacent garden which was painted in colors of green, blue and red or could be a decorative mural looking closely to the blue waterfall like pattern to the left of the picture over her shoulder. The dimensions of the picture painted with oil on canvas were 50.7 x 61.2 cm.

The work can be viewed at Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago, IL, USA.

Artist: Edouard Manet
Location: Art Institute of Chicago Building, Chicago
Medium: Oil on Canvas
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Woman Reading is an oil painting produced in 1879 by French painter Edouard Manet.

In Woman Reading, Manet depicts a young woman relaxing at a Parisian cafe. Manet studied self-presentations and revealed the pleasures of commercialization in Paris. The hands of the woman holding the journal are gloved, light color strokes were applied to her collar. This painting reflects the modern representations of the character of woman. At that time, Manet’s younger colleagues at that period were also practicing Impressionism.

Woman Reading was one of several paintings of Manet which were from the Impressionist phase of his career. Around 1870, Manet adopted the Impressionist phase by painting the blonde palette and then selectively transmuting it into a more rapid fire manner. During this phase of his career, Manet features a Parisian drinking and theatrical venues in many of his pictures. This canvas also looks to be simple but the sketchiest of the series told, looks can be deceiving.

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