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Study of Mme Gautreau

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The finished portrait, which was exhibited as 'Madame X', belongs to the Metropolitan Museum in New York, and the Tate Gallery's version is a full-size sketch. The sitter was the American wife of a French banker in Paris. Sargent knew her and asked her to sit for him, and deliberately planned a sensational portrait with an unconventional pose. Her head is turned into sharp profile emphasising her nose, her right arm is twisted and her shoulders exposed.

Tate Britain

London


Date

c.1884

Medium

Oil on canvas

Measurements

H 206.4 x W 107.9 cm

Accession number

N04102

Acquisition method

Presented by Lord Duveen through the Art Fund 1925

Work type

Painting


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