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Madame X or Portrait of Madame X is the informal title of a portrait painting by John Singer Sargent of a young socialite named Virgine Ameile Avegno Gautreau, wife of Pierre Gautreau. The model was an American expatriate who married a French banker, and became notorious in Parisian high society for her beauty and rumored infidelities. She wore lavender powder and prided herself on her appearance.

Immediately after meeting her, Sargent wrote to his friend del Castillo to find out if he could do anything to induce Madame Gautreau to sit for him. 'I have.' he wrote, 'a great desire to paint her portrait and have reason to think she would allow it and is waiting for someone to propose this homage to her beauty. If you are 'bien avec elle' and will see her in Paris you might tell her that I am a man of prodigious talent.'

When the painting first appeared at the Paris Salon under the title Portrait de Mme *** in 1884, people were shocked and scandalized; the attempt to preserve the subject's anonymity was unsuccessful, and the sitter's mother requested that Sargent withdraw the painting from the exhibition. Sargent refused, saying he had painted her "exactly as she was dressed, that nothing could be said of the canvas worse than had been said in print of her appearance". The Salon was in an uproar. Here was an occasion such as they had not had sinceLe D'jeuner sur l'Herbe, L'Olympia and theExhibition of Independents. In the original painting, the right dress strap dangling off her shoulder which could not be accepted for the high society of Paris.

Later, Sargent overpainted the shoulder strap to raise it up and make it look more securely fastened. He also changed the title, from the original Portrait de Mme ***, to Madame X — a name more assertive, dramatic and mysterious, and, by accenting the impersonal, giving the illusion of the woman archetype.

If the picture could not be withdrawn, the family might at least bide its time, wait till the Salon was closed, the picture delivered, and then by destroying, blot it as an unclean thing from the records of the family. Anticipating this, Sargent, before the exhibition was over, took it away himself. After remaining many years in his studio it now figures as one of the glories of the Metropolitan Museum in New York."

From Wikipedia and other art sites.

Please watch the video for the scandal [link]
Thanks to my dear friend Chris for the video :iconchriseastmids: :heart:
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IDACHI Featured By Owner Jun 18, 2013
thanks u (l)
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Canankk Featured By Owner Jun 18, 2013
My pleasure :heart:
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JACAC Featured By Owner Feb 26, 2013
=)
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Canankk Featured By Owner Feb 26, 2013
:iconarrheartplz:Thank you so much :iconarrheartplz:
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HorstSchmier Featured By Owner Feb 26, 2013
Very interesting story, Canan, and well suiting pictures.
Great feature !! :clap:
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Canankk Featured By Owner Feb 26, 2013
I am glad that you like it, thank you :iconarrheartplz:
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ArtByCher Featured By Owner Feb 25, 2013   Traditional Artist
Great pick for a feature PubSista! :clap:
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Canankk Featured By Owner Feb 25, 2013
Thank you dear Pubsista :glomp:
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astrangeallure Featured By Owner Feb 24, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
That's very interesting....I've seen this in person....it was here at out museum for awhile a few years ago...love his work! :heart:
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Canankk Featured By Owner Feb 25, 2013
Wow It must be amazing to see it! I love his art, too.
Thanks for looking :glomp:
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PaperDreamerArt Featured By Owner Feb 23, 2013   Digital Artist
Awesome journal as always. :heart: Plus, thanks for that bit of history and a wonderfully amazing story!
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Canankk Featured By Owner Feb 23, 2013
Thank you very much Pam and my pleasure :iconredheart-plz:
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PaperDreamerArt Featured By Owner Feb 23, 2013   Digital Artist
:heart:
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DuncanJBerry Featured By Owner Feb 23, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
I've seen the original in a gallery. Wonderful selections.
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Canankk Featured By Owner Feb 23, 2013
You are so lucky! I am sure it is amazing!
Thank you very much dear Duncan :heart: :hug:
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Aussie-Blonde Featured By Owner Feb 22, 2013
:iconsweetsugarcandies: Amazing.!
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Canankk Featured By Owner Feb 23, 2013
Thank you my sweet Queen :huggle: :iconbluekokorox:
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Aussie-Blonde Featured By Owner Feb 23, 2013
:iconflower-plz: with pleasure:hug: U are truly so very welcome Sweetest Queen.:iconflowers-plz:
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GioBfree Featured By Owner Feb 22, 2013
good job teacher! :-)
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Canankk Featured By Owner Feb 23, 2013
Thank you very much Don Gio :iconredheart-plz:
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GioBfree Featured By Owner Feb 23, 2013
my great pleasure :-)
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TriciaS Featured By Owner Feb 22, 2013
A captivating article Canan...A beautiful read ..and I wouldn't have believed you could have found so many relevant pictures!!!Wow!!!!I've looked so often at his painting...but never persued the story of it!!Many thanks my dear one!!!:hug:
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Canankk Featured By Owner Feb 22, 2013
Thanks for looking Patricia :huggle: I love Sargent, too. Very much! Both the painting and the story were interesting. I really enjoyed seeing so much interest about the painting here at dA. A good behaviour against the concervatives of 10th Century. Can you imagine if they were able to see dA works and photos? :rofl:
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TriciaS Featured By Owner Feb 22, 2013
I would love to see their faces if they did!!!:icongreengrin:
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Mayeaux Featured By Owner Feb 22, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Very interesting and informative! Thanks for sharing!
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Canankk Featured By Owner Feb 22, 2013
Thanks for looking :heart:
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Mayeaux Featured By Owner Feb 23, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
You're welcome!:rose:
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Arte-de-Junqueiro Featured By Owner Feb 22, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Outstanding Journal dear Canan - shame about "high minded" society (who often have low minded secrete's!)....
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Canankk Featured By Owner Feb 22, 2013
Another wonderful sentence from you. I think I must write and keep them :love:
Thanks for looking :huggle:
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Arte-de-Junqueiro Featured By Owner Feb 22, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you so much dear Canan :hug: I hope to have some good news (noting about "love"!!) to share next week... :tighthug:
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sevenofeleven Featured By Owner Feb 22, 2013
I would like to try doing a study of this portrait one day.

Great article.
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Canankk Featured By Owner Feb 22, 2013
If you do, pls send me the link. I would like to see it :aww: :heart:
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sevenofeleven Featured By Owner Feb 22, 2013
Thanks for the interest.
It will be a while though.
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katiousa15 Featured By Owner Feb 22, 2013
Wonderful informations and feature my dear Canan!!
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Canankk Featured By Owner Feb 22, 2013
Thank you so much my Katerina :blowkiss:
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katiousa15 Featured By Owner Feb 22, 2013
My pleasure my Canan!
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hummbuzz Featured By Owner Feb 21, 2013
Brava, Canan...:heart:
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Canankk Featured By Owner Feb 22, 2013
I am glad that you like it dear Yvette :iconredflowerplz:
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WingDiamond Featured By Owner Feb 21, 2013
[link] Speaking of Madam X!
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Canankk Featured By Owner Feb 21, 2013
:lol: So nice! Thank you for the link :heart:
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WingDiamond Featured By Owner Feb 21, 2013
:iconimhighplz: in High School!
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phoenixleo Featured By Owner Feb 21, 2013
Lovely and interesting article! :clap:
Aah. Paris Salon and their drama and scandals and uproars everytime those particular paintings are shown. Considering they themselves show works that are more tease worthy and trying to get the old masters painting look as an excuse, the whole thing is hilarious when actual thing is shown. :P
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Canankk Featured By Owner Feb 21, 2013
Thank you for looking. Your words are to true, I loved your ideas. :aww: :heart:
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phoenixleo Featured By Owner Feb 22, 2013
Most welcome. It was a very good read! :)
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SweediesArt Featured By Owner Feb 21, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Amazing!!!
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Canankk Featured By Owner Feb 21, 2013
Thank you very much :love: :heart:
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SweediesArt Featured By Owner Feb 21, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
You're very welcome:heart::hug:
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hermitsrme Featured By Owner Feb 21, 2013
Cool stuff
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Canankk Featured By Owner Feb 21, 2013
Thank you dear Vincent :blowkiss:
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hermitsrme Featured By Owner Feb 21, 2013
that's okay :D:hug:
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