The Scandalous History of Sargent’s “Madame X”

Happy New Year! This week’s video is on John Singer Sargent’s infamous portrait “Madame X” and the story behind its mysterious sitter Amélie Gautreau. From Louisiana to the elite social circles of Paris, Madame Gautreau led a glamorous and scandalous life that ultimately ended tragically. Watch to find out more…

Featured Works in order of appearance:

1. John Singer Sargent, ‘Madame X,’ 1883-1884

2. John Singer Sargent, ‘Dr. Pozzi at Home,’ 1881

3. John Singer Sargent, ‘Two Studies for Madame X,’ 1883

4. John Singer Sargent, ‘Madame Gautreau Drinking a Toast,’ 1882-1883

5. John Singer Sargent, ‘Study of Mme Gautreau,’ 1884

6. John Singer Sargent, ‘Madame X,’ 1883-1884

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