Women Who Read Are Dangerous

By Stefan Bollmann

Release Date
Format Hardcover 156 pages 8 x 8 inches Over 60 illustrations, most in full-color
Category Women's Studies
Collection
ISBN-13 978-0-78921-256-6 SKU 1042659
Retailers Amazon

An elegant survey of over 70 works of art featuring women reading throughout history.

What is it about a woman reading that has captivated hundreds of artists over the centuries? Stefan Bollmann’s Women Who Read Are Dangerous explores this popular subject in more than 70 artworks—drawings, paintings, photographs, and prints—by iconic artists such as Henri Matisse, Edward Hopper, Suzanne Valadon, August Sander, Rembrandt, and many more.

As the book’s provocative title indicates, a woman reading was once viewed as radical. In chapters such as “Intimate Moments” and “The Search for Oneself,” Bollmann profiles how a woman with a book was once seen as idle or suspect, and how women have gained autonomy through reading over the years. Bollmann offers intelligent and engaging commentary on each work of art in Women Who Read Are Dangerous, telling us who the subject is, her relationship to the artist, and even what she is reading. With works ranging from a 1333 Annunciation painting of the angel Gabriel speaking to the virgin Mary, book in hand, to twentieth-century works, such as a stunning photograph of Marilyn Monroe reading Ulysses, this appealing survey provides a veritable slideshow of the many iterations of a woman and her book—a compelling subject to this day.

An excellent gift for graduates, teachers, or Mother’s Day, this elegant book is a must anyone interested in art, literature, or women’s history.

AWARDS

Best Books of 2016  ELLE

 

PRAISE FOR WOMEN WHO READ ARE DANGEROUS 

A lavish art book featuring 63 photographs and paintings of women readers, from saints and society figures to sad-eyed solitaries, scandalous dames, and sweet-faced sisters. Curated and edited by Stefan Bollmann, the volume spans from the Italian Renaissance to the late twentieth century. — ELLE

Will inspire you to live dangerously. — BUST

Bollmann’s collection is a clever investigation of the development of literacy and its continuing influence on both art and women’s rights. — Publishers Weekly

An excellent gift for graduates, teachers, or Mother’s Day, this book should appeal to anyone interested in art, literature, or women’s history. — Missoulian

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