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I am Madame X : a novel

Author: Gioia Diliberto
Publisher: New York : Scribner, 2004, ©2003.
Edition/Format:   Print book : Fiction : English : 1st Lisa Drew/Scribner trade pbk. edView all editions and formats
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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  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Fiction
Biographical fiction
Named Person: Virginie Avegno Gautreau; John Singer Sargent; Virginie Avegno Gautreau; John Singer Sargent
Material Type: Fiction
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Gioia Diliberto
ISBN: 0743456807 9780743456807
OCLC Number: 55140970
Notes: "A Lisa Drew book."
Includes a Scribner reading group guide.
Description: 261 pages : illustrations ; 21 cm
Responsibility: Gioia Diliberto.
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The life of Virginie Gautreau, the subject of John Singer Sargent's most famous and scandalous portrait MADAME X, provides the inspiration for this absorbing and intriguing novel.  Read more...

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Los Angeles Times Diliberto fills in the blanks of Virginie's life with vivid brush strokes. What ensues is a complex and often incredibly fun portrait...[a] handsomely imagined story. The New Read more...

 
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