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Now as you look
at this picture of Madame X among Sargent's other work and you think of
what Parisians might have thought when looking at her in shock during
1884, the painting of Mrs.
Hugh Hammersley really skews things. Mrs Hammersley (1892-93) -- the
middle one -- is
wearing a dress that is almost ten years in style after "Madame X". A
more realistic depiction of the style of the day is more closely
aligned with "Lady with the Rose" (1882) which is the far right
painting. Now if you can put yourself in that frame of mind and imagine
the dress strap off Madame X's shoulder, you will begin to understand.
By: Natasha Wallace
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