after The Reader by Jean-Honore Fragonard
oil on paper, 14x14"
I am going to embark on painting a version of a few of my very favorite paintings over the next month or so. They will probably be intermixed with my regular daily paintings. I've wanted to do this for a while and thought the fall was just the time. I love this painting by Fragonard. I think it is my favorite of all time. Given a longer time to paint in a day I might try this again including book and dress etc. It's just so beautiful. I saw it in person at the Impressionist exhibit at the Seattle Art Museum last year (where they had earlier works and the later works that these works influenced) and could have stood there for hours, drawn in by color mostly. My version has some drawing issues with the length of her face but I really enjoyed working on the remarkable color and tones in her face.