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.