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A truly informative and fascinating post.
By: John on August 8, 2014
Still looking for something scandalous about that painting.
By: Cranky on August 8, 2014
You always have interesting tales to tell!
By: Eva Gallant on August 8, 2014
How about "The Night Watch"?
By: Brian Slater on August 8, 2014
Parisians scandalized? I don't get it with that painting. The naked broad in the park I can see. But, even THAT one is just weird, not particularly scandalous.
By: Al Penwasser on August 8, 2014
Rouging the tips of her ears? All righty then. Can you analyze velvet Elvii?
By: PT Dilloway on August 8, 2014
geez, folks were mighty uptight on that one!
By: TexWisGirl on August 8, 2014
Upper, middle and lower classes and their standards befuddles this classless gent. ;-)
By: Daniel LaFrance on August 8, 2014
Strange fellow, Sargent. The picture is more compelling than most of his images, and I wonder why he thought it the best he had done? Though in fact, I agree with him, although I have always loved Carnation Lily Lily Rose.
By: Jenny Woolf on August 8, 2014
I don't understand all the hullabaloo, either!!
By: fishducky on August 8, 2014
would you consider this one: http://fineartamerica.com/featured/cats-playing-pool-gail-eisenfeld.html Actually in all seriousness how about Goya's The Third of May 1808 or Duel with Cudgels? Or...pick one painting by Hieronymus Bosch Cheers!
By: Kathe W. on August 8, 2014
I can see nothing salacious in that painting. Now the naked woman and two fully clothed gents--goodness- not fair for the lady. . Odd how they all seemed totally uninterested.
By: Akansas Patti on August 8, 2014
True artist that you are.. you not only have great talent, you know a lot about the history of art.
By: Hilary on August 8, 2014
I don't agree with Arkansas. I'm thinking that lady is doubly lucky, or will be shortly. The French - go figure. Some of their attitudes have been known to perplex us common, non-French folk.
By: Robyn Engel on August 8, 2014
Rodin's sculpture caught my eye when I toured the Smithsonian. I was not expecting to see it and was shocked that I was so lucky to see the real thing.
By: red on August 8, 2014
I must admit that the first thing I noticed was her rosy ear. I would like to know more about Thomas Cole's "Expulsion: Moon and Firelight." I'm not sure what to make of it, but it commands my attention.
By: Val on August 8, 2014
I figured it had to be the dress. I have one just like it. People always stare when I wear it to the grocery store. I have never before heard of salaciously rouging the tips of one's ears. I might try that out. Love, Janie
By: Janie Junebug on August 8, 2014
Rouging the tips of her ears??? That hussy! :-)
By: Pixel Peeper on August 8, 2014
I always learn something new when I visit your blog. I love art ---I think the painting is GORGEOUS and the story is fascinating! I never knew the story behind this painting!
By: marcia @ Menopausal Mother on August 8, 2014
Believe me, i'm willing to read your commentary on any painting, and no, i won't ask you to comment on the locally famous blue dogs, either.
By: mimi on August 8, 2014
Interesting ... even back then bad publicity was better than no publicity at all -- at least they were talking about him, and still are!
By: tomsightings on August 9, 2014
That was a very interesting account of the two painters, the paintings and Madame X. Such narrow mindedness . . . .quite difficult to believe in this age.
By: Eddie Bluelights on August 9, 2014
I'm sorry, all I can think of is that it is with the same eyes you are using to look upon these classic artworks also saw Sharknado. Alas, I fear my recovery may be long and painful.
By: Jerry E. Beuterbaugh on August 9, 2014
It is a beautiful painting and the artist, whichever world in which he now resides, should be proud.
By: Bruce on August 9, 2014
The painting - and the woman - are gorgeous! I'd expect the criticism to come from Victorian England, not France. The French are an enigma. My favorite painting are Dali's "The Persistence of Memory" and H. Rousseau's "Tiger in the Jungle with Hunters." I dunno why. People have strange tastes!
By: Lexa Cain on August 10, 2014
I had completely forgotten the history of this painting. Thanks. (Besides you tell it so much better than Professor Rosenberg did in 1972!) I can't believe you won't tell about the dogs playing cards. Our neighbors had that centerstage in their den. Even at the age of 10, I thought it was bizarre... and awful.
By: Mitchell is Moving on August 11, 2014
Another post that is both interesting and educational; not always an easy combination to achieve. In my ignorance, I at first assumed that it was her flared nostrils that caused offence!
By: Bryan Jones on August 11, 2014
I'll bet Hugh Hefner knows about this painting and model!
By: Michael Manning on August 13, 2014
interesting back story illustrating the values of the time.
By: lime on August 13, 2014
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