Browsing the Album

Josep Duran - Browsing the Album - Circa 1872
 

Browsing the Album

Browsing the Album

In the nineteenth century, a new bourgeoisie model of society is established, in which everything that is private, intimate or individual is highly considered. The book that Teresa Masanés, the artist’s wife, is looking at is different from the other books of the itinerary. It is an album, a book consisting of blank pages for storing photographs, stamps, for collecting autographs, poems, drawings, etc. Once more, books are an element of entertainment, of dolce far niente, though in this case the reading is not something written by someone else, but little pieces of the depicted woman’s private life. What there is in those sheets is not displayed. It is Teresa’s intimate area.

 

 

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