The Beauty of Reading – Part II

I really enjoyed doing this post the first time, and as it turned out, it was one of the most popular post I did in my first year of blogging. I thought I would share more of the fabulous pictures I found  that represent this beautiful passion of ours : reading!

To see part I, click here.

Woman reading, Kuniyoshi Utagawa

Jean-Baptiste Camille Corot, Woman Reading a Book, 1845

Young Woman Reading, Alfred Stevens, 1856

Marguerite Gerard. Lady Reading in an Interior

Woman reading in a landscape, Jean-Baptiste Camille Corot, 1869

Woman Reading near a goldfish tank, Lovis Corinth, 1911

This selection is definitely less erotic than some of the pictures in the first post; however, I realized that, compare to these beautiful women, I am quite under-dress when I read! I can’t remember the last time I dressed in silk and lace to read… or was it in another life? 😉

Hopefully you enjoy these as much as I do : I still have many more to share with you in future posts!

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18 responses to “The Beauty of Reading – Part II”

  1. bermudaonion says :

    I love them – especially the one by Alfred Stevens.

  2. Bella says :

    They are all so beautiful. I love this one : Young Woman Reading, Alfred Stevens, 1856 especially! I’ve been trying to get my pullip set up for a similar shot, with a beautiful old fashioned dress and a 1:6 book if I can find one 🙂

    We definitely need more posts like this, love it.

    • kay says :

      Oooh! Did I know you had a Pullip? I used to collect those, and Blythes, and take lots of pictures of them! In fact, I still have them but they’re mainly on display now. What model is she?
      And I think I might have a pullip-sized book around somewhere. If I can find it, I’ll send it to you! 😀

  3. Mystica says :

    I love the images. They would look fabulous framed as well.

  4. Lex says :

    I love the one by Alfred Stevens. It simply spells elegance. And was her foot on top of her pet?

    The one with Marguerite Gerard is attractive too. Well, her dress is! Haha! I wonder though, how could they read in a chair like that? I have to read in my bed or on the sofa! I guess, lady like manners is a law before!

    Please do make more of these! We enjoy them!

  5. Ceri says :

    Gorgeous, Kay. 🙂 I especially like the top picture.

  6. Juju says :

    I ❤ the third one!

  7. alitareads says :

    Thanks for another round of reading pictures! I’m feeling quite underdressed as well. Maybe I should pull out my wedding dress this weekend when I settle down for some reading 😉

    It would be fun to do a series of book bloggers all dressed up and reading.

  8. kiss a cloud says :

    Ooh lovely. I love them all, especially the Utagawa, the Stevens, and the Corinth. More, please!

  9. Violet says :

    Beautiful pics, I love the first one. Reading pics always attract my attention.

  10. Michelle says :

    I love the one by Girard! It makes me want to dress up, even if it is more comfortable to read wearing sweats and slippers!

  11. Rhiannon Hart says :

    Oh, lovely again! I want the dresses in these paintings. Simply gorgeous!

    I did a teeny post in response to this one, as I have a miniature of a girl reading but unsure of the painting it came from. Here it is: http://rhiannon-hart.blogspot.com/2010/02/in-response-to-kays-beauty-of-reading.html

  12. heidenkind says :

    LOVE the Japanese print.

    I chose the painting for my header because it was in a calendar all about paintings of women reading. But then I realized she was looking at a painting. 😦 Oh well.

  13. Planet Books says :

    What a great post idea and what lovely paintings you found! Love you blog btw. It’s so pretty and your writing is enjoyable and good.

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