The photo above has been sitting in my photo stash for awhile now. Pretty sure I gleaned it from Fashionising.com; The ensemble looks like an old school sunbathing suit, this one is simple, classic,and oddly, vaguely familliar.Couldn't put my finger on it until today. It hit me: Madame X. Is it my feverish state, or does the pose and the suit remind you a bit of the John Singer-Sargent painting of Madame X?
It's not the first time, the painting has inspired imitation. No, I've seen it before, the one most blatant homage was the Nicole Kidman portrait done for Vanity Fair a few years back. Which, technically gets it right, but doesn't quite capture the allure of the original. What I love about the Singer-Sargent portrait is its fierce study of lines. Arabesques after arabesques of curves: her aquiline profile, the snake-charmer's shoulder slithering over that curt hourglass curve of her waist. Fashion form at its finest. Those slippery shoulder straps! And I just love the taut twist of arms that are mirrored by the mahogany table legs, just as curvacious and ambitious as the sitter. Then there's scandalously alabaster skin contrasting the midnight-soaked dress.
I absolutely love your writing style. <3
thank you Ari! <3
You know, the image is gorgeous, but your writing describing it is sumptuous - you make it sound amazing, without even needing to see the picture!
hey, thanks Emily! xo.
You're a really talented writer!!! And its true, they do all look alike. Its really lovely to see how inspiration just keep being passed on and translated in different ways.
Thank you, my new friend. You've made my day ; )
wow this is one of the most sophisticated blogs i have ever read ^_^ thanks for leaving your blog ad on delance fashion xo speak to you soon tobes
Thank you so much for helping me with a translater for my blog! :D
Thank you Tobes, I really hope you enjoy reading it. I'm going to go check out yours.
And Emma, I am sooo looking forward in reading yours, and not just looking at the gorgeous pictures. xo.
Thanks for bringing this post to light in your FB art challenge. Love your writing, love John Singer Sargent. One of my most favorite painters. And YOU are one of my favorite bloggers!
The portrait of Madam X shown on your blog is backward. As an ardent Sargent follower for 30 years, I would like to see it correctly displayed.
Hi Rick. The portrait is reproduced just as shown.
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