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Posts Tagged "Madame X"

Sargent Exhibition Blog

Sargent and the Met: In the Reading Room

Stephanie L. Herdrich, Assistant Research Curator, The American Wing

Posted: Wednesday, July 15, 2015

Visitors to Sargent: Portraits of Artists and Friends will notice a special feature in the exhibition's reading room: an installation of twenty-one drawings and watercolors by John Singer Sargent from the Metropolitan Museum's extensive holdings. Chosen to complement the themes of the exhibition, these works represent the wide range of Sargent's efforts on paper. They reveal his technical brilliance as a watercolorist and draftsman, the diversity of his oeuvre during more candid moments, and his sensuous appreciation of the human figure—especially that of the male.

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Sargent Exhibition Blog

Where Is Madame X?

Stephanie L. Herdrich, Assistant Research Curator, The American Wing

Posted: Tuesday, July 7, 2015

John Singer Sargent's Madame X (Madame Pierre Gautreau) is an icon of the Met's collection. Each year, visitors flock to The American Wing to muse on the eccentric glamour of this bold portrait featuring the American wife of a French banker. Ordinarily we think Madame X looks quite splendid in gallery 771, where she is seen with other grand-manner portraits of the period. Surrounded by Sargent's portraits of the Wyndham sisters and Mr. and Mrs. I. N. Phelps Stokes, Gautreau appears quite distinct from the elegant high-society portraits.

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Digital Underground

Paintings Uncovered

Betty Quinn, Former MediaLab Intern, Digital Media

Posted: Tuesday, May 12, 2015

Paintings Uncovered is an interactive interface that allows users to explore the hidden layers found beneath a painting's surface. Painters frequently paint over paintings for various reasons—even sometimes with a completely different subject. One reason for this may be that the original painting didn't sell, so the artist reused the canvas to create an entirely new painting. Examining the underlying surfaces of paintings through powerful technology provides valuable information about the artworks.

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Teen Blog

Deconstructing Madame X

Maleficent Twemlow (a.k.a. Anna), TAG Member

Posted: Friday, July 5, 2013

In my drawing at left, I wanted to create a visual response of sorts to what I saw in PUNK: Chaos to Couture, namely the D.I.Y.: Hardware gallery.

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Teen Blog

Unapproachable

Emily R., Former TAG Member

Posted: Monday, May 14, 2012

My art teacher has a poster of Madame X (Madame Pierre Gautreau) in our classroom, so as soon as I saw the actual painting in the Met's galleries, I immediately recognized it.

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Teen Blog

A Recap of the Murder at the Met Teen Event

Nicole, High School Intern

Posted: Monday, May 7, 2012

On Friday, April 20, teens came to the Museum in droves to participate in a special murder mystery event. I was really looking forward to it, and it did not disappoint!

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Teen Blog

"Don't Hate Me Because I'm Beautiful"

Claudia, TAG Member

Posted: Monday, April 30, 2012

Virginie Avegno Gautreau (Madame X) was twenty-four when John Singer Sargent painted her portrait. He originally painted it with the right strap of her dress hanging off her shoulder, but the work received such criticism at the 1884 Parisian salon exhibition that he later repainted the strap. When Sargent sold this portrait to the Met, he asked the Museum to title the work Madame X so that she and her family would not be shamed by the painting's reception.

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Teen Blog

Unnatural

Jimmy, TAG Member

Posted: Monday, April 23, 2012

Madame X is painted in profile, much like many of the Italian Renaissance portraits that we've studied. Yet unlike the Renaissance portraits, this work presents a full-length view of its subject, Madame Pierre Gautreau.

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Teen Blog

Detectives Needed!

Nicole, High School Intern

Posted: Monday, April 16, 2012

You are cordially invited to a teen murder mystery event in the Museum's new American Wing on Friday, April 20, from 5:00 to 6:30 p.m.! We will investigate a ghastly murder (fictional, of course) through clues interspersed throughout the galleries and period rooms. Working in small groups and with a mobile game specifically designed for the event, you and your friends can solve the case and bring the murderer to justice!

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Teen Blog

First Impressions

Evelin, TAG Member; Genevieve, TAG Member; Jamilah, TAG Member; and Alisha, TAG Member

Posted: Monday, April 9, 2012

To begin our study of John Singer Sargent's Madame X, we spent time looking at her portrait in the gallery and discussing what we found most striking about the painting.

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