I am madame x a novel gioia diliberto on amazoncom free shipping on qualifying offers when john singer sargent unveiled madame x his famous portrait of american beauty virginie gautreau at the 1884 paris salon. This is a fictional treatment of virginie amelie avegno gautreau the madame x of john singer sargents famous portrait it was published in 2003 just one year too soon to benefit from strapless the first book length biography of madame gautreau the story begins on the familys plantation in louisiana. I am madame x a novel by gioia diliberto foreword new york 1915 perhaps youve heard her name virginie gautreau you recall it like an old melody echoing yet from a long ago party or as a kind of epithet whispered harshly under the breath maybe youve even seen her picture seen the picture god knows there are a few out there who . The life of virginie gautreau the notorious beauty of madame x john singer sargents most famous and scandalous portrait provides inspiration for this absorbing and intriguing novelmadame x caused an immediate furor when sargent unveiled it at the 1884 paris salon. I am madame x is a rare cross between historical fiction and interesting surmises about a famous portrait model the book succeeded nicely with its interesting surmises and seemed disconnected and irrelevant as a historical novel nonetheless i am glad that ms diliberto has taken the time to flesh out some of the mystery behind madame x
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