Trivium Art HistoryJohn Singer Sargent

Madame X

Madame X, 1883 — John Singer Sargent,
208.6 cm109.9 cm

Madame X is an Impressionist, Realist, Oil on Canvas Painting created by John Singer Sargent in 1883. It lives at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York. The image is available via Institutional Open Content, and tagged Women, and Portraits. Source

Madame Pierre Gautreau aka Madame X caused quite the stir when it was first shown at the Salon in Paris. There was an uproar at the audacity of a strong woman being painted in such a way. So much so, that Sargent kept this painting in his studio for 30 years. Can you imagine that happening today? 

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