Reading Woman (Portrait of Artist’s Wife) by c~1866 by Russian Painter Ivan Kramskoi (1837 – 1887); and an intellectual leader of the Russian Democratic Art Movement (The Wanderers or The Itinerants in English: A group of Russian realist artists who formed an artists’ cooperative in protest of academic restrictions) from 1860 – 1880
This is wonderful portrait of a young woman in a garden (which is the wife of the painter); as dusk approaches rest her right upper arm on the ledge of a large stone bench she is sitting on, that has vines on its front face; while she leans her forehead on the fingers of her right hand, with her head tilted slightly forward.
Her opened left hand rest on her lap on top of a light green shawl with red stripes that is also beneath her right upper arm on the stone ledge; supporting a large open book that she is reading in the dwindling sunlight as evening approaches.
She is wearing a white blouse with a ruffle collar and a pendant at the center of the v-neck line, as well as a dark colored sash around her waist and a large full length brown skirt.
On the front of the skirt there is an umbrella leaning against it and behind her is a wide brim straw hat with a dark band around the base; and some plants.
In the background we can see trees with red leaves as well as trees with green leaves and the sitting sun as the blue sky with clouds transitions into an orange color.
This is a remastered digital art old masters reproduction of a public domain image that is available as a canvas print online.