The Letter

The Letter
The Letter, Marguerite S. Pearson, 1938

A print of this painting hangs above my stairwell. It is framed rather grandly, and I also respect it in a grand way. It represents a high standard of femininity. The woman is both modest and beautiful, domestic and educated. It also represents a woman writer. I believe personal letters, which are now out of fashion, have literary merit. What difference does it make if one writes to a small audience or a large one? The same act of writing is involved.


2 thoughts on “The Letter”

  1. “It represents a high standard of femininity.”

    I see that too, but the ship on the mantel reminds its a man’s world (esp that it is a warship). I wonder if the artist had that in mind or inclusion merely just part of the setting. Thanks visit my blog.

    1. Thanks for the reply. I agree that the ship represents men and their world, but I don’t think that draws away from her femininity. “Feminine” is opposite of “masculine,” therefore you need both to see the contrasts.

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