Aaron Shikler was an American artist known for his portraits of prominent figures such as John F. Kennedy, Ronald Reagan, and Lady Bird Johnson. Among his remarkable works is Woman Reading (The Artist’s Wife), a pastel on paperboard created in 1962 measuring 50.8 x 44.5 cm. The artwork portrays the artist’s wife engrossed in reading, with her posture illustrating her intense concentration.
Shikler used pastel color shades that complement each other to give the artwork a pleasing atmosphere. Like his other works, “Woman Reading” reflects Shikler’s exceptional skill in capturing people’s uniqueness and character through their faces and postures. Shikler’s paintings have been compared to that of Edgar Degas, John Singer Sargent, Walter Sickert, Robert Henri, and George Luks. They remain some of the most remarkable pieces in art history due to their emotional realism and striking use of color and texture.