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Sargent's Madame X (portrait of Virginie Amélie Gautreau- see link for the story behind the painting.)

Madame X (Madame Pierre Gautreau), John Singer Sargent, ca. 1883-1884, The Metropolitan Museum of Art


john singer sargent: Madame X (detail) Oil painting. 1883-84. Sargent's famous and controversial work. Here we have a large detail. Sargent had originally painted the woman's right strap (our left) slipped off her shoulder and onto her arm. After the critical storm, he repainted the strap onto the shoulder as we see it now


Mme Gauteau (1891) by Gustave Courtois Madame Gauteau had been the subject of the infamous Madame X painting by John Singer Sargent seven years prior to this painting.