Eight Gorgeous Paintings of Women Reading

At a certain point, the objectifying paintings of women lounging around semi-nude become frustrating. Here are eight paintings of fully-clothed women expanding their minds through that great pastime: reading. 

  1. 1. "Woman Reading in an Interior," Carl Vilhelm Holsøe

  2. 2. "Reflections," Ethel Porter Bailey

  3. 3. "The Housemaid," William McGregor Paxton

  4. 4. "At Breakfast," Laurits Anderson Ring

  5. 5. "Woman Reading on a Settee," William Worchester Churchill

  6. 6. "Young Girl Reading," Jean-Honoré Fragonard

  7. 7. "Peaceful Reading," Fernand Toussaint

  8. 8. "Morning Sun," Harold Knight

"And to all [her talents], [a lady] must yet add something more substantial, in the improvement of her mind by extensive reading." –Jane Austen, "Pride and Prejudice"