Woman Reading on a Settee (c.1905-1910). William W. Churchill (American, 1858-1926). Oil on canvas.
In the Fenway Studios, Churchill painted this work, which shows his talent for portraying light and conveying atmosphere. Like other Boston School painters, Churchill’s interior scenes recall Dutch Old Master paintings in their quiet, restrained elegance, streaming light, and studied placement of objects. The work shows Churchill’s refined brushwork, particularly his graceful handling of the model’s face.