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"Madame X (Madame Pierre Gautreau)" by John Singer Sargent. 1883-84, oil on canvas. The artist emphasized his subject's daring personal style by depicting the right strap of her gown slipping from her shoulder. At the Salon of 1884 the portrait, in that form, received more ridicule than praise. Sargent repainted the shoulder strap as it now appears and kept the work for over thirty years. When, eventually, he sold it to the MetMuseum NYC, he asked that the museum disguise the sitter’s name.


The development of the portrait of Madame Pierre Gautreau, or "Madame X" by John Singer Sargent. Wonderful to see the thought process.

from ActitudFEM

Mujeres que han escandalizado a la sociedad

Madame Pierre Gautreau. Socialité y modelo parisina, conocida por su estilo avant-garde y sus numerosas aventuras amorosas. Escandalizó a muchos después de posar para el retrato de John Singer Sargent “Portrait of Madame X”.

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The Violinist/Ode to John Singer Sargent. Zhao Kailin. Kailin became enamoured of the elegantly voluptuous society portraiture of American painter John Singer Sargent (1856-1925). Sargent’s Madame X (1884), a full-figure portrait of a mysterious porcelain-skinned woman dressed in a long black dress that scandalized Paris’s Salon of 1884, most certainly has left its silky mark on many of Kailin’s portrait paintings. LOVE THIS!!


Robert Delaunay (French, 1885-1941) Portrait of Madame Mandel, 1923. Oil on board, 41 1/4 x 29 1/8 in (105 x 74 cm). Sotheby's Impressionist & Modern Art Day Sale, May 2012, New York.