"Walter Farndon captures an intimate moment between three figures in Woman Reading to Children. The relaxed nature of the subjects brings a layer of tenderness and honesty to the painting that leaves viewers feeling as though they have stumbled upon this scene in what appears to be a waiting room or train car. What perhaps would have been a mundane moment in the lives of the subjects is commemorated by the artist through quick, textured brushstrokes and a soft luminance. The bond between the three subjects brings me a sense of nostalgia as I look back on my childhood and the memories I share with my mother and sister."
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Cahoon Museum of American Art exhibition label
Cahoon Museum of American Art, "At Home in America: 19th Century Genre Painting," Cotuit, MA, July 22 - September 7, 2008