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I Am Madame X

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The life of Virginie Gautreau, the notorious beauty of Madame X, John Singer Sargent's most famous and scandalous portrait, provides inspiration for this absorbing and intriguing novel.

Madame X caused an immediate furor when Sargent unveiled it at the 1884 Paris Salon. The subject's bold pose, provocative dress, and decadent pallor shocked the public, and the critics panned the picture, smashing Sargent's dream of a Paris career. The artist soon relocated to England, where he established himself as the favorite portrait painter of the wealthy.

In this remarkable novel, Gioia Diliberto tells Virginie's story, drawing on the sketchy facts of Virginie's life to re-create her tempestuous personality and the captivating milieu of nineteenth-century Paris. Born in New Orleans to two of Louisiana's prominent Creole families and raised at Parlange, her grandmother's lush plantation, Virginie fled to France with her mother and sister during the Civil War. The family settled in Paris among other expatriate Southerners and hoped, through their French ancestry, to insinuate themselves into high society. They soon were absorbed into the fascinating and wealthy world of grand ballrooms, dressmakers' salons, luxurious country estates, and artists' ateliers. Because of Virginie's striking appearance and vivid character, her mother pinned the family's hopes for social acceptance on her daughter, who became a "professional beauty" and married a French banker. Even before Sargent painted her portrait, Virginie's reputation for promiscuity and showy self-display made her the subject of vicious Paris gossip.

I Am Madame X is a compulsively readable immersion in Belle Epoque Paris. It is also the story of a great work of art, illuminating the struggle between Virginie and Sargent as they fought to control the outcome of a painting that changed their lives and affected the course of art history.

Synopsis:

Even before John Singer Sargent painted her portrait, Virginie Gautreau's reputation for promiscuity and showy self-display made her the subject of Paris gossip. Her scandalous portrait, unveiled in 1884, provides the inspiration for this debut novel--a compulsively readable immersion in Belle Epoque Paris.

Synopsis:

Includes bibliographical references (p. 257-261).

Synopsis:

In 1884, renowned painter John Singer Sargent unveiled his portrait of the notorious beauty Virginie Gautreau at the Paris Salon. Virginie's bold pose, provocative dress, and icy-pale skin caused an immediate furor. Panned by the critics and abhorred by the public, the painting crippled Sargent's hopes of a career in Paris. He soon relocated to England, where he established himself as the favorite portrait painter of the wealthy.

In this remarkable novel, Diliberto tells Virginie's story, drawing on the sketchy facts of her life to recreate her personality and the milieu of nineteenth-century Paris. Born in New Orleans and raised on her grandmother's Creole plantation, Virginie fled to France with her mother and sister during the Civil War. After a troubled adolescence, she became a "professional beauty" and married a prominent French banker. Even before Sargent painted her portrait, Virginie's reputation for promiscuity and showy self-display made her the subject of Paris gossip.

About the Author

Gioia Diliberto is the author of biographies of Jane Addams, Hadley Hemingway, and Brenda Frazier. She lives in Chicago with her husband, Richard Babcock, and their son, Joe. I Am Madame X is her first novel.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780743211550
Subtitle:
A Novel
Author:
Diliberto, Gioia
Author:
Gioia Diliberto
Publisher:
Simon & Schuster
Location:
New York
Subject:
Literary
Subject:
Historical - General
Subject:
Paris
Subject:
Americans
Subject:
Portrait painting
Subject:
Biographical fiction
Subject:
Socialites
Subject:
General Fiction
Subject:
General Fiction
Subject:
Fiction : Historical - General
Subject:
Fiction : Literary
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Hardcover
Series:
Lisa Drew Books
Series Volume:
107-290
Publication Date:
20030225
Binding:
ELECTRONIC
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Yes
Pages:
272
Dimensions:
9.31x6.26x.94 in. 1.06 lbs.

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Product details 272 pages Simon & Schuster - English 9780743211550 Reviews:
"Synopsis" by , Even before John Singer Sargent painted her portrait, Virginie Gautreau's reputation for promiscuity and showy self-display made her the subject of Paris gossip. Her scandalous portrait, unveiled in 1884, provides the inspiration for this debut novel--a compulsively readable immersion in Belle Epoque Paris.
"Synopsis" by , Includes bibliographical references (p. 257-261).
"Synopsis" by , In 1884, renowned painter John Singer Sargent unveiled his portrait of the notorious beauty Virginie Gautreau at the Paris Salon. Virginie's bold pose, provocative dress, and icy-pale skin caused an immediate furor. Panned by the critics and abhorred by the public, the painting crippled Sargent's hopes of a career in Paris. He soon relocated to England, where he established himself as the favorite portrait painter of the wealthy.

In this remarkable novel, Diliberto tells Virginie's story, drawing on the sketchy facts of her life to recreate her personality and the milieu of nineteenth-century Paris. Born in New Orleans and raised on her grandmother's Creole plantation, Virginie fled to France with her mother and sister during the Civil War. After a troubled adolescence, she became a "professional beauty" and married a prominent French banker. Even before Sargent painted her portrait, Virginie's reputation for promiscuity and showy self-display made her the subject of Paris gossip.

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