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Paintings, Artists, and Composing Narratives


How closely can what’s on a canvas and what’s in a book mingle? Woman Reading

I got part of an answer from an article in the publication “Good”, entitled Go Inside the Minds of Art’s Most Famous Female Readers.

An excerpt:

“Museums and galleries are full of them. They have captivated art lovers for centuries, and launched a thousand questions. But who are they? Well, they are women enjoying a good book—and now they’re getting their moment in the sun. The Reader is a new online art, writing, and sound project that gives voice to the many mysterious women depicted as readers in paintings—inviting viewers to imagine their inner lives in rich detail.”

It’s apparently a work-in-progress, so far having the artists Christine Sun KimMarcelline DelbecqAdriana Lara, and Malak Helmy contributing.

So, here’s how it works.

You go to The Reader and find one of the paintings that has a yellow border, put your cursor over it, and listen

The artists voices will be, in some way, creatively imagining either what the woman in the painting is thinking, feeling, or reading—a painter acting like a writer :-)

One of them is in French…

Plus, clicking on any painting reveals the artist(s) involved.

There are 48 historical paintings displayed but only 4 have yellow borders—though there is another artist indicated as participating in the future—Beatriz Santiago Muñoz.

I’m sure yet more artists will be invited
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4 responses to “Paintings, Artists, and Composing Narratives

  1. philipparees September 23, 2015 at 12:09 pm

    A fascinating link to some marvellous paintings. Somehow the intense privacy of a reader, silently captured is almost assaulted by entering her head! Not sure I like it, engaging though it is!

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    • Alexander M Zoltai September 23, 2015 at 12:12 pm

      Yes, Philippa, I felt way too “Meta”…

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  2. Johnpaul Mahofski September 23, 2015 at 5:27 pm

    It is amazing when Art takes on life from another artist I love the ride.

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    • Alexander M Zoltai September 23, 2015 at 5:32 pm

      Absolutely, Johnpaul—what a Lovely Ride………

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