PIERRE AUGUSTE RENOIR, PORTRAITS D’ENFANTS (1895)
As soon as books became an established part of our homes, they also became part of our domestic dramas. Here, Renoir depicts the children of painter Gustave Caillebotte. His daughter, Geneviève, is shown making it difficult for her elder brother, Jean, to read either the open book, or any of the others she’s pushed to the side, for that matter. © Private collection. Josse Christophel/ Alamy Stock Photo and Thames & Hudson
Adapted from Books Do Furnish a Painting by Jamie Camplin and Maria Ranauro (Thames & Hudson).