Wadsworth Atheneum


The greatest gift is the passion for reading. It is cheap, it consoles, it distracts, it excites, it gives you knowledge of the world and experience of a wide kind. It is a moral illumination.
-Elizabeth Hardwick

The act of reading can create a whole world in which to lose oneself, and the reading woman navigates this world with the utmost grace. As captured by the artist, she is a beautiful enigma, an untold tale, a moment in time set free of its particular story.

This calendar reproduces twenty works by renowned painters of the eighteenth, nineteenth, and early twentieth centuries - Renoir, Cassatt, Tissot, and many others - that take a quietly joyous look at the reading woman. Accompanying each image is an illumination or amusing quotation on the subject of readers and reading. It's a combination sure to spark your imagination as you read your way through 2018.

120 pages
Wire-O binding and a soft cover with flaps.
6 x 8¼ inches.

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