GYULA BENCZÚR, WOMAN READ­ING IN A FOR­EST (1875)

The Simple Things - - THINK -

We can all surely iden­tify with the woman – prob­a­bly Karolina Max, the wife of the pain­ter – to­tally ab­sorbed in her book in a shady spot. What looks nor­mal to us was an un­con­ven­tional im­age of a woman in the 19th cen­tury. Her ca­sual at­ti­tude rep­re­sents a mod­ern, in­tel­lec­tual woman, a type rarely seen in ear­lier paint­ings. » © Hun­gar­ian Na­tional Gallery, Bu­dapest and Thames & Hud­son

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