1. Claudette Colbert reading to John Wayne in Without Reservations, 1946.

    Kit Madden is traveling to Hollywood, where her best-selling novel is to be filmed. Aboard the train, she encounters Marines Rusty and Dink, who don’t know she is the author of the famous book, and who don’t think much of the ideas it proposes. She and Rusty are greatly attracted, but she doesn’t know how to deal with his disdain for the book’s author.

  2. L’Atelier de la Rue Séguier (1909). Raoul Dufy (French, 1877-1953). Oil on canvas.

    While painting with Braque at L’Estaque in 1908, Dufy began moving away from the bright tones of his Fauve period and towards a more volumetric conception in space. The strong palette and striking composition of L’Atelier de la Rue Séguier evoke the dialogue between the two movements as Dufy finds his way. For him, Cubism represented an attempt to bring coherence to painting in a manner suggested by Cézanne.

  3. "Winter Page Turners." The New Yorker, December 20 and 27, 2004. Greg Clarke.

    Greg’s work has appeared in numerous publications including Rolling Stone, Time Magazine, The Atlantic, Mother Jones, Real Simple, and The New Yorker. Corporate and publishing clients have included Target, Purina, Chase Bank, Simon & Schuster, and Random House.

  4. Spring Stories. Greg Harris (American, b 1953). Oil on canvas.

    Though his subject matter is varied, Harris is most well known for his paintings of beautiful and sensitive women in period settings. He carries forth the traditions of impressionism, while modifying and redefining the art form to make it his own.

  5. Model, as The Muse, reading in Kate Spade fashion. Fall 2010.

    Two New York stalwarts—Kate Spade and The Strand bookstore—have commissioned [in 2010] a handful of female writers on a series of short stories incorporating the phrase, “she is quick and curious and playful and strong…” The stories, written by authors Laurie Baker, Bridie Clark, Suzanne Rivecca, Hannah Seligson, Amanda Smyth, Ilana Stanger-Ross and Sara Vilkomerson, spin out from the broad list of charming traits to a myriad of equally enchanting stories.

  6. Madame de Pompadour with Her Hand Resting on a Harpsichord Keyboard (c.1750). François Boucher (French, 1703-1770). Oil on paper mounted on canvas. Musée du Louvre.

    Mistress of King Louis XV of France. The extent of her influence over state policy has been exaggerated. She was a tastemaker in matters of art and culture, favoring Voltaire and other writers of the Encyclopédie, employing many artists to decorate her residences, and encouraging the manufacture of Sèvres ware and other luxury goods.

  7. Memory Bells. Alice Pease Bates. Buffalo: Charles Wells Moulton, 1894.

    "Memory bells — how sweet the chime, 
    When the soul looks back on the march of time! 
    Though their cadence has often a minor strain, 
    And wrings the heart with that throbbing pain. 
    That it felt when the wound was fresh with grief, 
    And even time scarce brought relief.”

  8. Young woman reading (1919). Sergei Vinogradov (Russian, 1869-1938). Oil on canvas. 

    Vinogradov took part in the creation of the “Union of Russian Artists” in 1903. It united Russian painters of the beginning of the 20th century and, being based on the achievements of 19th century Russian art in landscape and genre, enriched the country’s painting with a new understanding of color and light that was close to Impressionism.

  9. Drew Jacoby in Softly As I Leave You. Morphoses – The Wheeldon Company. Sadlers Wells, London, 2009. Photo: Brenda Spooner.

    Softly As I Leave You begins with Jacoby in black costume inside a tall brown box with an open front, who slowly begins banging on the sides with all parts of her body. Her partner (Rubinald Prink) is powerful, moody, bare-chested, and their pas de deux choreography evoked thoughts of missing each other, either deliberately or by accident. It was dark, defiant and mysterious. Choreographed by Paul Lightfoot and Sol Leon, it’s absorbing work.

  10. Divine Dance (1908). Pierre Vidal (French, 1849-1913).

    A pupil of A. Cadart, Vidal first exhibited at the Salon de Paris in 1874. He was one of the premier chroniclers of Paris in the Belle Epoque. Vidal illustrated texts by writers such as Balzac, Maupassat, Louys, Flaubert and Daudet, either with drawings or original etchings.

  11. The Pied Piper of Hamelin. Robert Browning. Illustrated by Kate Greenaway. Frederick Warne & Co, Ltd., London, n.d., c.1880.

    Rats ! 
    They fought the clogs and killed the cats, 
    And bit the babies in the cradles, 
    Split open the kegs of salted sprats, 
    Made nests inside men’s Sunday hats, 
    By drowning their speaking 
    With shrieking and squeaking 
    In fifty different sharps and flats. 

  12. Young Woman Reading. Georges d’Espagnat (French, 1870-1950). Oil on canvas.

    An artist who created a diverse oeuvre, Georges d’Espagnat constantly strove for originality and independence, marking a place for himself among the modern masters. While he was associated with Renoir, the Fauvists and the Nabis, d’Espagnat remained on the outside of these movements, creating a body of work that was uniquely personal.

  13. Silvana Pampanini smokes and reads (1952).

    Pampanini (born 1925), an Italian actress, was Miss Italy in 1946 and started her movie career in a role in Il segreto di Don Giovanni (1947). She is best known for known for The Year Long Road (1958), The City Stands Trial (1952) and A Husband for Anna (1953).

  14. Portrait Study (Rose). Charles Baxter (British, 1809-1879). Oil on canvas. Gallery Oldham.

    Baxter was best known as a painter of fancy portraits and charming, pretty girls, He exhibited regularly at the Suffolk Street Gallery and the Royal Academy, between 1839 and 1872. His subjects went from rustic to very poetic.

  15. Costume sketch for the street dancer from the ballet Petrushka by Igor Stravinsky (1911). Alexander Benois (Russian, 1870-1960). Watercolour, pencil and silverpaint on paper.

    Benois began his career at the Mariinsky Theatre as a scenic designer, and quickly expanded his role to be at the forefront of ballet set and costume design. His most famous production was Petrushka, in 1911, a production in which he also co-wrote the libretto with composer Igor Stravinsky.