Episode #40: Shock Art: Sargent's Madame X (Season 4, Episode 1)
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Works that we take for granted today as masterpieces, or as epitomes of the finest of fine art, could also have been considered ugly, of poor quality, or just bad when they were first made. With the passage of time comes a calm and an acceptance. But that doesn’t change the fact that there are many works peppered throughout art history that were straight-up shocking to the public when they were first presented decades, or even hundreds of years ago.
Today's work of "shock art:" Sargent's Madame X.
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Links and further resources
The Guardian: Madame XXX
The New York Times: White Shoulders
The Metropolitan Museum of Art's Heilbrunn Timeline of Art History: John Singer Sargent
The Metropolitan Museum of Art's blog: How Madame X Came to the Met
The New York Times: Art View: The Case of Madame's Shoulder Strap
Huffington Post: Strapless: The Scandal that Rocked the 19th-Century Art World