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Textiles, Art History, Gardens, and a Little Mental Traveling with Courtney Barnes 2006-2016

7.02.2007

Strapless


Today, July 2 at 4 p.m., The Mount hosts a talk by writer Deborah Davis about her book, Strapless: John Singer Sargent and the Fall of Madame X. Davis will explain how John Singer Sargent's 1884 painting of "it girl" Virginie Gautreau, in a black evening dress with a dangling strap, became the most controversial masterpiece of the day when it was unveiled in Paris. At the time, Gautreau was a well-known twenty-three-year-old New Orleans Creole living in France.

Refreshments and booksigning will follow the lecture. $18 at the door. $5 off for students with ID. Located in Lenox, Massachusetts, The Mount is a cultural center that preserves Edith Wharton's former home.

BTW: Designer Angele Parlange is a descendant of Virginie Gautreau.

5 comments:

a. said...

Love this book, I have it sitting on my nightstand!

Fairfax said...

I have a book thing book that's an "autobiography" of Madame X. It got realllly boring in the middle, so i never finished it.

The Peak of Chic said...

Looks like a good book, and lecture!

patriciagrayinc.com said...

I was fortunate to see a John Singer Sargent exhibition in London several years ago. Love his paintings.

beachbungalow8 said...

oh i love sargent. when i lived in boston, i frequented the painting of the little girls that's they have. if i could have anyone (dead or alive) paint my portrait, it would be him.

and i didn't know about this book, so thank you!