While I was in New York at the end of May, I visited the Met and saw this portrait of a reader, painted by the gentleman in the straw hat. The reader, according to the plaque on the wall, is Marie Ginoux, the proprietress of the Café du Gare in Arles.
The plaque doesn't tell the title of her book, but from the expression on her face, my guess is that it caused her to think about something in her own life. What I like best about reading is that it's a conversation between the reader and writer (I'm not sure who said that first). It looks like, in the moment van Gogh chose to capture, Marie Ginoux is having her say.
Posted by sonya worthy at Monday, July 18, 2016