There are subjects of which the less said, the better. One such subject is the beauty of women.
I would not presume to intellectualize about the women painted by Howard Pyle beyond what anyone can see by looking at them in the stories he illustrated. I’m calling them portraits and you may disagree, but in my opinion these are complete paintings, more than mere illustration. Each image may be enlarged by clicking on it. The titles of the illustrations and dates in which they appeared in Harper's Monthly Magazine appear directly below the portraits.
Catherine De Vaucelles, in her Garden, from "In Necessity's Mortar," October 19004.
Mellicent Stood Motionless, Like a Wild Thing at Gaze, from "Mellicent," January 1905.
Beatrix and Esmond, from "Pictures from Thackery," August 1906.
Becky Sharp and Lord Steyne, from "Pictures from Thackery," December 1906.
A Figure to Provoke Tears, from "A Sense of Scarlet," February 1907.
Diana Sherley, from "The Ultimate Master," November 1908.
The Officers Would be Waiting Till She Should Appear, from: "Doña Victoria," February 1908.
The Dancer, from "Lola," January 1909.
Next: Howard Pyle's Civil War.