Shuiyuan Recipe — Lin Shih-Yung

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Pushkin Girl — John Currin


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Amanda Reading — Buckley MacGurrin

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Valléda — Camille Corot

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A Young Scholar and His Tutor — Rembrandt

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The Love Letter — Jacob Ochtervelt

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The Temptation of St. Anthony — Lelio Orsi

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Still Life with Raisin Cake, Fruit and Wine — William Michael Harnett

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The School Scene — Francisco Goya

Separating Fighting Swans — Stanley Spencer

Reading Girl with Cat — Leonor Fini

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The Sea — Tomer Hanuka

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The reader is dreaming (Robert Walser/Karl Walser/Lydia Davis)

A young lady, a girl of perhaps twenty, is sitting in a chair and reading a book. Or she has just been diligently reading, and now she is reflecting on what she has read. This often happens, that someone who is reading must pause, because all sorts of ideas having to do with the book keenly engage him. The reader is dreaming; perhaps she is comparing the subject matter of the book to her own experiences hitherto; she is thinking about the hero of the book, while she fancies herself almost its heroine.

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Read the rest of Robert Walser’s microessay “Portrait of a Lady” (trans. by Lydia Davis) at The Offing. The painting–Portrait of a Lady—is by Karl Walser, Robert’s older brother.

Raja — Felice Casorati

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The Witch — Salvator Rosa

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Landscape — David Teniers the Younger

Nude Reader Reclining — Felice Casorati

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