"Three Women Reading" by Uemura Shōen (1875 - 1949)
Uemura Shōen (1875 - 1949) pseudonym for the Japanese painter Uemura Tsune. Watercolor on silk Shōen is primarily known for her bijinga paintings of beautiful women in the nihonga style, although she also produced numerous works on historical themes and traditional subjects. In 1941 Shōen became the first woman painter in Japan to be invited to join the Imperial Art Academy and in 1948 was the first woman to receive the Order of Cultural Merit in Japan.
Albert Anker 'A Gotthelf Reader' 1884
Albert Samuel Anker [Swiss painter 1831-1910] Ancher been called the "national painter" of Switzerland because of his enduringly popular depictions of 19th-century Swiss village life. Biography: da.wikipedia.org/wiki/Michael_Ancher Oil on canvas Jeremias Gotthelf (1797 – 1854) was a Swiss novelist