Monday, April 10, 2017

Madame X - The Scandal with Mr Bean

I'm sure most art enthusiasts are familiar with John Singer Sargent's famous portrait of Madame X but how many know the story behind the painting? Many refer to the portrait as "Madame X, "The Scandal". I've put a bit of my own twist to the story and the painting with Mr. Bean as the subject and the famous shoulder strap loose as Sargent originally painted it.

Sargent's original painting of Virginie Amélie Avegno Gautreau was called “Portrait de Mme” and depicted the subject with a loose shoulder strap causing a scandal. The mother of the subject insisted that Sargent remove the painting but he refused, later painting over the shoulder strap, making it appear more secure and changed the name to Madame X to try and preserve the sitter’s anonymity. 




   
Lady Bean
 
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