Tuesday, 17 January 2006

'Portrait of Madame Pierre Gautreau' - John Singer Sargent

The infamous 'Portrait of Madame X' that scandalised Paris in 1884. Rumour has it that Singer Sargent was a distant relative, but as Lou Reed says, "you can't always trust your Mother."

[UPDATE: Painter Lindsay Mitchell has an explanation of what exactly was considered so scandalous about this painting: Parisians took their art more seriously then than we now do, and apparently the painting was also subtly different then... See Lindsay's 'Spot the difference']


  1. She has the sort of neck I like in a woman!

    The nose is a little unfortunate, but, hey...

  2. BTW, I see you are getting more comment now :-)

  3. It must have been painted in winter. She has a skin pigment that makes Queen Elizabeth look positively third world,and her ears and nose look on the verge of getting chillblains

  4. I have just blogged on this at www.lindsaymitchell.blogspot.com

    Go there for the real oil ;-)


1. Commenters are welcome and invited.
2. Off-topic commenters however will be ignored.
3. Read the post before you comment.
4. Challenge facts presented if wrong, but don't ignore them when they're not.
5. Say what you mean, and mean what you say.
6. Off-topic grandstanding, trolling and spam is moderated. (Unless it's entertaining.)