This endearing painting captures a simple yet intimate moment between three young girls, possibly sisters. The girl on the viewer's left appears to be reading from a small book or even diary to the others, as the other two move closer to hear more.
The canvas is mounted in a gilt wood and gesso frame and signed Jul. Paulsen in the lower left - Danish artist Jul Paulsen (1860-1940). There is some plaster and gilt loss to the frame.