Photo © The Israel Museum, Jerusalem
Jules Dalou
French, 1838–1902
Woman Reading
55.5 x 28 x 38 cm
Gift of Johanna and Ludovic Lawrence, Jerusalem, in memory of Elisheva Cohen
Accession number: B89.0258
Woman Reading epitomizes Dalou’s innovative interest in everyday scenes, far removed from traditional mythological or historical themes. The work’s carefully wrought facial features and impressionistic texturing combine to create a dynamic sculpture, rich in detail. It can also be glimpsed through the open back of the chair, providing a view of the woman from additional angles. Artists of the period often depicted middle-class women reading in their homes, representing the bourgeois aspiration to education.

Sirakovich, Tanya, A Room of Her Own, The Israel Museum, Jerusalem, 2007
Impressionist and Post-Impressionist Painting and Sculpture, The Israel Museum, Jerusalem, 2006, English / Hebrew
Beauty and Sanctity: the Israel Museum at 40. A Series of Exhibitions Celebrating the 40th Anniversary of the Israel Museum, Jerusalem, Zalmona, Yigal, 2006

Beauty and the Book, Israel Museum, Jerusalem, 09/05/2005 - 15/03/2006
A Room of Her Own: Portraits of Women from the Israel Museum Collection, Israel Museum, Jerusalem, 04/12/2007 - 29/02/2008

Digital presentation of this object was made possible by: Ms. Joan Lessing, New York and Jerusalem