Madame X or Portrait of Madame X is the title of a portrait painting by John Singer Sargent of a young socialite named Virginie Amélie Avegno Gautreau, wife of the French banker Pierre Scandal wears satin pdf. Madame X was painted not as a commission, but at the request of Sargent. It is a study in opposition. Sargent shows a woman posing in a black satin dress with jeweled straps, a dress that reveals and hides at the same time.
The portrait is characterized by the pale flesh tone of the subject contrasted against a dark colored dress and background. For Sargent, the scandal resulting from the painting’s controversial reception at the Paris Salon of 1884 amounted to the temporary set-back to Sargent while in France, though it may have helped him later establish a successful career in Britain and America. 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. The English-language term “professional beauty” was used to refer to her and to a woman in general who uses personal skills to advance herself socially. American painter Edward Simmons claimed that he “could not stop stalking her as one does a deer. Sargent was also impressed, and anticipated that a portrait of Gautreau would garner much attention at the upcoming Paris Salon, and increase interest in portrait commissions.