Reading

Organization control number
A-10937
Classification
Painting
Author
By Kuroda Seiki (1866-1924)
Era century
1891 (Meiji 24)
Item shape
Oil on canvas
Collector
Tokyo National Museum
Women reading books represented a sophisticated, affluent life, and they were a popular subject of paintings in the 19th century. Kuroda worked on this painting from 1890 to 1891 in Grez-sur-Loing in the suburbs of Paris, with Maria Billault as the model. Reading was submitted to the Salon in 1891 and became Kuroda’s first work to be exhibited there.