This Week's Sargent #1


Madame X (1884)

5 comments:

swac said...

I've seen this painting up close. Pixellated jpgs hardly do it justice. I mean...wow.

Rob said...

I agree, it is almost overpowering when seen for the first time. Sargent captured that kind of discreet allure in many of his paintings, and his nudes were ground-breaking. Besides, what a great name for sexy painting!

BCNU

Tom Sutpen said...

Stephen wrote:

I've seen this painting up close. Pixellated jpgs hardly do it justice. I mean...wow.

*****
An excellent point, my confrere, and one I fussed over for a bit before going ahead. I haven't seen this painting up close, but I've seen other Sargents and there's quite a difference between a digital image of his work and the real thing.

That being said, I love Sargent's painting so much (some of his cultural attitudes I like a lot less, but that's another story) I don't think the quality is that diminished by presenting them here in a series (in case you haven't noticed, I'm doing one artist for every day o'the week).

Maybe I'm deluding myself on that point. Who knows?

Bill Peschel said...

This could be said for almost any painting. I was at a Georgia O'Keefe exhibit when I saw one of her cloud paintings. It took up the entire wall of a room.

But it's nice to be reminded of a painting like MX. And I hadn't seen the Hopper painting before at all ("New York" posted above). Lovely.

Ann O'Dyne said...

It's at the Museum in New York isn't it? I purchased a (now-faded) poster print of it there, which I treasure the sight of.

Watching the movie Charlie Wilson's War, I noticed in the background of a scene in the home of the Julia Roberts character, there was 'her-as-Madame X'.

and ... Stephen Meisl photographed Nicole Kidman as MX for Vogue last year.

One time I found via guugle-image search, a photo of the JSS London studio with the MX canvas just leaning against the wall.

Great great blog here, I salute you Sir!