"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.
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