SIA: Madame X

Time for a new Style Imitating Art (SIA) challenge!


This week, Daenel @ Living Outside the Stacks chose John Singer Sargent’s 1884 portrait of young socialite Virginie Amélie Avegno Gautreau. The painting is titled Portrait of Madame X, or more simply, Madame X. You can read more about the painting online here.

Madame X by John Singer Sargent, 1884

Madame X by John Singer Sargent, 1884

So stunning! Daenel wrote that she chose Madame X because:

“When I used to teach American History, I taught a section on culture and one of my favorite painters to talk about was John Singer Sargent. His paintings are so gritty and full of subtle colors. At first, you see a mass of black, but there are browns, peaches, grays, etc. It’s a neutral but powerful color palette.”

I already have a really good idea of what I’m going to wear… what are y’all inspired to wear?

How to participate in SIA:

Everyone is welcome to participate — bloggers, non-bloggers, all genders, all ages, even pets! Just send a pic of an outfit — selfies and flat lays are also welcome — inspired by this week’s SIA artwork to this week’s curator, Daenel, at by next Tuesday, August 14th. Daenel will then post the SIA round-up on her blog, Living Outside the Stacks, next Wednesday, August 15th.

Also be sure to check out SIA co-founder Salazar @ 14 Shades of Grey.

Can’t wait to see what y’all come up with! 😀


2 thoughts on “SIA: Madame X

  1. Brenda N

    Great SIA choice from Daenel, Jen. I think this is one of my favorite Sargent paintings. It just reminded me that I have a 2003 novel on my bookshelf, “I am Madame X” by Gioia Diliberto. The author weaves what details were was known about Virginie’s life into an intriguing book, and of course, the painting is on the cover. Looking forward to everyone’s take on this lovely painting. 🙂


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