The Novel Reader (1888). Vincent van Gogh (Dutch, 1853-1890). Oil on canvas.
As art historian Judy Sund says it, for “this imagined female…[to be] reading a yellow book (i.e. a modern novel) with wide-eyed attention reflects the artist’s conviction that everyone should read, and suggests anew that his conception of the ideal woman included a devotion to the modern fiction that was modeled on his own.” (“Favoured Fictions,” p. 260).
Never studied so hard just for a test that was not a final. This was about a 140 note cards with images on one side and full description on the other. The test was exhausting to study for…but I think it went pretty well. We will see I guess.