Vittorio Matteo Corcos
The premise here is simple: reproduce paintings, sketches, and a photograph or two of women enjoying the company of a book. As I sat paging through these images I tried to imagine someone sketching me thereby including myself in the circle of dangerous women!
Many of the artists and images were familiar to me but quite a few were not. Each painting is accompanied by a brief commentary enlightening the reader as to the subject or the artist or putting the painting in historical context.
Here one will find women old and young, servants and saints, mothers and movie queens. You will see them reading in the bed, in the garden, in the boudoir, on the chaise lounge, in the library, or alone in a hotel room. Wherever dangerous women seek a quiet moment with a book.
Here are just a few that I was not familiar with:
I love the boldness of this one.
The color of her dress caught my eye here.
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Who is that reflected in the glass of the cabinet door?
I pretty much love anything by Matisse.
|The Three Sisters|
This woman has such a pleasant yet intent look.
|Young Woman with Book|
Aleksandr Aleksandrovich Deineka
The publishing information for this book is complicated. It was first published in German by Elisabeth Sandmann Verlag in 2005, then in English by Merrell Publishers, London, in 2006 and 2008. This American edition with a forward by Karen Joy Fowler was published in 2016 by Abbeville Press.
To further complicate things, Merrell's title was Reading Women and it is apparently exactly the same book as this one. You might also search for the book under that title.
By my count there are over sixty images to enjoy. I have most likely broken all sorts of copyright laws in reproducing these here, and I apologize for that, but I wanted you to see a small sampling of the visual treasures the book contains.
Kick back with Woman Who Read are Dangerous and enjoy the arrival of autumn.