13 People Who Are Definitely Reading Books, Not Just Posing For A Painting

"Quick, everyone, the painter's here. Read feverishly!"
<p>Rene Magritte, "The Subjugated Reader," 1928</p>

Rene Magritte, "The Subjugated Reader," 1928

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"Am I conveying just how intensely I love books? More eyeball, maybe? How 'bout now?"

<p>Gerbrand van den Eeckhout</p>

Gerbrand van den Eeckhout

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"Quick, everyone, the painter's here. Read feverishly!"

<p>Henri Matisse, Three Sisters, 1917</p>

Henri Matisse, Three Sisters, 1917

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"Judy, you're really killing the painting vibes with your love of literature."

<p>Thérèse Schwartze, "The Inmates of my House," 1915</p>

Thérèse Schwartze, "The Inmates of my House," 1915

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"Guys, what do we do with our hands? Quick, Betty, hand me my book! "

<p>John Singer Sargent, "The Misses Vickers," 1884</p>

John Singer Sargent, "The Misses Vickers," 1884

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"Regina, sweetie, we're f**king posing for a painting right now."

<p>Berthe Morisot, "Portrait de Mme Morisot et de sa fille Mme Pontillon ou La lecture (The Mother and Sister of the Artist - Marie-Joséphine & Edma)," 1869-70</p>

Berthe Morisot, "Portrait de Mme Morisot et de sa fille Mme Pontillon ou La lecture (The Mother and Sister of the Artist - Marie-Joséphine & Edma)," 1869-70

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Marie-Josephine, you forgot the book you're supposed to be pretending to read reading for this painting.

<p>Mary Cassatt, "Nurse Reading to a Little Girl, "1895</p>

Mary Cassatt, "Nurse Reading to a Little Girl, "1895

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"LOL. Nurse, I can't even brush my own hair, let alone read this book."

<p>Quentin Matsys, "The Moneylender and his Wife," 1514</p>

Quentin Matsys, "The Moneylender and his Wife," 1514

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"I'll count my coins and you flip through a book. This portrait is going to be crazy."

<p>Gustav Hennig, "Lesendes Mädchen," 1828</p>

Gustav Hennig, "Lesendes Mädchen," 1828

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"I just found my sister's diary and I'm not about to let this opportunity pass me by, so you're gonna let me finish."

<p><span style="color: #252525; font-family: sans-serif; font-size: 14px; line-height: 22.3999996185303px; background-color: #ffffff;">Utagawa Kuniyoshi </span></p>

Utagawa Kuniyoshi

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"Oh, you're here to paint me? Well, I just started reading and I can't possibly stop. It's just not possible."

<p>William-Adolphe Bouguereau's "La leçon difficule (The Difficult Lesson)," 1884</p>

William-Adolphe Bouguereau's "La leçon difficule (The Difficult Lesson)," 1884

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"Will my eye contact throw you off? Or should I also pretend to look at the words?"

<p>Claude Monet, "Springtime," 1872</p>

Claude Monet, "Springtime," 1872

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"What? I always read in my best dress pinks."

<p>Egon Schiele, 1918</p>

Egon Schiele, 1918

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OK, these monks don't even have eyes.

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