Study of Mme Gautreau (Q28537550)

Label from: English (en)

artist: John Singer Sargent (Q155626)
collection: Tate (Q430682) National Gallery (Q180788)
location: Tate (Q430682)
material used: oil paint (Q296955) canvas (Q4259259)
depicts: Virginie Amélie Avegno Gautreau (Q3560705) evening dress (Q2144456) hand fan (Q193220) décolletage (Q116887) eyebrow (Q43748) shoulder strap (Q1973949) woman (Q467) table (Q14748) chignon (Q1279269) standing (Q1986098)
instance of: painting (Q3305213)
Art UK artwork ID: study-of-mme-gautreau-117716

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information from the Tate catalog

description: Artwork page for ‘Study of Mme Gautreau’, John Singer Sargent, c.1884 The finished portrait, which was exhibited as ‘Madame X’, belongs to the Metropolitan Museum in New York, and Tate’s version is a full-size sketch. The sitter was the American wife of a French banker in Paris. Sargent deliberately planned a sensational portrait with an unconventional pose. Her head is shown in sharp profile emphasising her nose; her right arm is twisted and her shoulders exposed. The adverse criticism of the finished portrait at the Paris Salon of 1884 so damaged Sargent’s reputation that he decided to move to Britain.

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