Style Imitating Art Inspiration: Madame X by John Singer Sargent

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Hi, this is just a short post to introduce next week’s Style Imitating Art inspiration piece. Style Imitating Art {aka SIA} is hosted by Jen {Librarian for Life and Style}, Salazar {14 Shades of Grey}, and me. Every other Monday, one of us curates an art piece to use as style inspiration for the following week {host outfits are posted on the following Monday, with participant outfits posted on Wednesday}.

INSPIRATION ART WORK

Madam X by John Singer Sargent {Image from The Met Public Access}

Madame X or Portrait of Madame X is the title of a portrait painting by John Singer Sargent of a young socialite named Virginie Amélie Avegno Gautreau, wife of the French banker Pierre Gautreau. The painting created between 1883-1884, stands 7′ 8″ x 3′ 7″.

THE CURATOR

This week’s inspiration piece was curated by yours truly. Many years ago when I taught American history, I taught a section on culture and one of my favorite painters to talk about was John Singer Sargent. His paintings are so gritty and full of subtle colors. Madam X is a favorite of mine because of it’s subtle boldness – I hope that makes sense. When you first look at the painting, you see a mass of black, but there are all sorts of subtleties – browns, peaches, grays, etc. It’s a  neutral but powerful color palette.

What do you think you’ll wear? I can’t wait to see!

JOIN US

Everyone’s invited to participate! Send a picture of your Style Imitating Art inspired outfit to me at livingoutsidethestacks@gmail.com by Tuesday, 14 August. I’ll share the submissions on my blog on Wednesday, 22 August.

You don’t have to be a blogger, a photographer, or an instagrammer to join! You just have to love clothes.

Now go play in your closet,

Daenel T {Living Outside the Stacks}

 

 

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