CURLED UP WITH A BOOK

When I open a book these days, somewhere in between the first chapter and the introduction, there’s the quote. What’s this thing with quotes? Is it the idea of giving the reader some insight in the deeper meaning of the literary work  he’s about to begin? Or is it merely to raise the author to a higher level by quoting someone, preferably from the past, obscure and in another language (Latin works great), who has earned his stripes in the printed world ?

Illustration by Norman Rockwell of a girl reading for the saturday evening postillustration by italian illustrator lorenzo matteoti of a couple reading

     illustration by dutch born illustrator robert wagt of a girl reading on a suzani couchillustration by dutch graphic artist kees kelfkens of a book advertisement of a cat on a chair

illustration by peter newell from the childrens book bad potato readingbook week illustration by jan ballet of children reading

                    fashion illustration of a girl reading in a chair by antonio lopez for elle magazineillustration of woman reading by japanese artist uemura shoen

painting by polish/french painter balthus of a girl reading in a chair

To read like the flame reads the wood, from top left corner clockwise; Illustration by Norman Rockwell for the Saturday Evening Post, Italian illustrator Lorenzo Matteoti, dutch graphic artist Kees Kelfkens wonderful book promotion ad, book week illustration by Jan Balet, illustration of woman reading by Japanese artist Uemura Shoen, a painting by polish born painter Balthus , famous fashion illustrator Antonio Lopez illustration for ELLE magazine, Peter Newell‘s bad potato book illustration and finally Robert Wagt‘s girl reading on a Suzani couch.


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