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

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

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

Portrait of Madame X - John Singer Sargent (1884) Location: 	Metropolitan Museum of Art, Manhattan Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Portrait of Madame X - John Singer Sargent (1884) Location: Metropolitan Museum of Art, Manhattan Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

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

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

Study of Mme Gautreau by John Singer Sargent c1884 - Portrait of Madame X - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Study of Mme Gautreau by John Singer Sargent c1884 - Portrait of Madame X - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Portrait of Madame X  by Keith Henderson (1883-1982).........REMINDS ME OF MERYL STREEP...........ccp

Portrait of Madame X by Keith Henderson (1883-1982).........REMINDS ME OF MERYL STREEP...........ccp

Madame X was originally painted by Sargent with one of the gown’s straps hanging loosely off her right shoulder.    That, combined with the plunging neckline, cinched waist, and impudently turned wrist makes it easier to understand the reaction of the 19th century French upper crust which considered this portrait scandalous.

Madame X was originally painted by Sargent with one of the gown’s straps hanging loosely off her right shoulder. That, combined with the plunging neckline, cinched waist, and impudently turned wrist makes it easier to understand the reaction of the 19th century French upper crust which considered this portrait scandalous.

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