When John Singer Sargent unveiled his portrait of a woman in black in 1884, Parisian society literally broke out with indignation. The artist was forced to leave the country, and the heroine of the portrait went into the shadows for a long time. What so revolted the audience of the XIX century?
“Portrait of Madame X” is an elegant portrait of John Singer Sargent, which features a young socialite Virginie Amelie Avigno Gautro. Virginie Gautro – the wife of a wealthy businessman Pierre Gautro. At that time, Virginie had the status of “professional beauty.” This term refers to people who have used their social skills and appearance to develop in society.
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In June 1835, a man’s body was caught from the Seine River in the vicinity of the town of Medon. An investigation has established the identity and circumstances that led to this sad incident. The deceased turned out to be the artist Antoine-Jean Gros, the official painter of Napoleon I. Having survived his main customer and employer for fourteen years, Gros brought an end to his life – when he realized that he had changed the cause of his life.
Career Despite Revolution
At the time of his death, he was 64 years old. The life path of Antoine-Jean Gros fell on dramatic and difficult times for France. He achieved much in his profession – to be at the mercy of one of the greatest European rulers, to gain his trust and to create for decades his image for contemporaries and descendants, a heroic and idealized image – all this could not be considered a real success.
Antoine-Jean was born March 16, 1771 in Paris in the family of a miniature painter. These were the times of the absolute monarchy, and the rococo style reigned in art, and the younger Gro at first prepared the same future as Continue reading
How the world’s most famous paintings were created: Intriguing stories of paintings by great artists
Grigory Landau, a journalist and philosopher, once said this: “Art is a dialogue in which the interlocutor is silent.” Painting is a subtle art, allegorical, emotional, giving freedom in interpretation. This is a whole world of unsolved secrets and unsolved mysteries. Let’s try to open the veil of secrecy over the history of the creation of the most famous paintings of great artists.
In fact, the artist has two versions of this picture. In this version, George defeats the dragon whom the Beautiful Lady holds by the leash. The painting has a deep religious meaning. According to legend, a dragon settled in a lake in a city in Libya. The pagan emperor ordered him to sacrifice beautiful girls. When there were no young women in the city, the emperor sent his own daughter to the dragon. The brave warrior George went to rescue her and overthrew the dragon. The princess here symbolizes the persecuted Christian Church, the dragon – paganism, and George – the Christian faith. There are versions Continue reading