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.