Madame X by John Singer Sargent - 1884 - 234.95 × 109.86 cm Metropolitan Museum of Art Madame X by John Singer Sargent - 1884 - 234.95 × 109.86 cm Metropolitan Museum of Art

Madame X

Oil on canvas • 234.95 × 109.86 cm
  • John Singer Sargent - January 12, 1856 - April 14, 1925 John Singer Sargent 1884

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Now let's go back to art! Madame X is one of the most iconic paintings in American art, created by John Singer Sargent. Painted in 1884, the portrait depicts Virginie Amélie Avegno Gautreau, a Parisian socialite known for her beauty. The initial version of the painting, featuring a provocatively draped strap off Gautreau's shoulder, caused a scandal at the Paris Salon of 1884. This negative reception compelled Sargent to modify the portrait by positioning the strap securely on her shoulder. The painting captures the sitter in a sensual, yet sophisticated pose, emphasizing her pale skin against a dark background. Gautreau's turned head, her pronounced profile, and the deep, rich tones of her dress further accentuate the allure and mystique of Madame X. Today, the artwork is celebrated as a masterful representation of elegance, style, and daring for its time.

P.S. Read more about this famous painting and the woman portrayed in it or you can check out other amazing portraits by John Singer Sargent! Aren't they exquisite? Last but not least, did you know Sargent's work was featured in Vogue? Well not exactly, but his stylish portraits inspired Vogue's photographer Steven Meisel to recreate some of them with the one and only Nicole Kidman posing as Sargent's sitters! Check out this beautiful photoshoot!