Tuesday, September 05, 2006



The Reading Lesson

Isn't this a lovely painting? I think it's one of the few examples of Orientalist art that don't seek to turn women into purely sexual objects. This painting is sweet and beautiful in its simplicity - a mother, teaching her daughter to read. In this painting, the woman is beautiful, but in a more maternal than sexual way; and furthermore, the woman is educated.

I really love this picture...

6 comments:

Molly said...

Who is the artist, Mouse?

AnonyMouse said...

The artist's name is Frederick Arthur Bridgeman, an American.

AnonyMouse said...

The artist's name is Frederick Arthur Bridgeman, an American.

DA said...

Funny thing is, a lot of the sexier orientalist paintings weren't even very good. Like actually look at Le Gran Odelisque with an artistic eye sometime; her proportions are totally wrong, and it makes her look almost simian.

Taysiir said...

Nice one.

Gustavo Caldas said...

Mouse this is not about the painting but the essay:If you still can, add that the FBI has NOT accussed Osama for 9/11.(Reason for US attack on Afghanistan)