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  • Madame X: "Virginie Gautreau as a Young Woman"


      • Oil on Panel
      • 16 x 20 in.
      • © 2012
    • Michael Ryan (1982–2016) was born in Brea, CA and graduated the Academy of Art University in San Francisco in 2005. He left San Francisco for Seattle, WA in 2008. He participated in several group shows and two featured exhibitions at Modern Eden, Reliquaries, with Billy Davis in 2010, and The Order, with gallery co-owner Bradley Platz in 2011. Michael has been in numerous publications (Spectrum 14, White Wolf Studios and Strange Horizons) and frequently did commercial work and concept art, including illustrating three cards for Wizards of the Coast (Magic: The Gathering). Michael was a featured solo artist at the Hive Gallery in 2008, and contributed work to the inaugural Hive Tarot Deck. He was also an active member of the Beinart Surreal Art Collective and participated in two collective group shows curated by Jon Beinart at Copro Gallery in Santa Monica. His work mostly resides in private collections in the United States and Europe.

    • Virginie Amélie Avegno Gautreau (Madame X) (1859-1915)

      Gautreau was a Parisian socialite, artists' model and an American expatriate. She became notorious in Parisian high society for her beauty and rumored infidelities. She wore lavender powder and prided herself on her appearance. She posed for paintings by several noted 19th-century painters, including Gustave Courtois and Antonio de La Gandara, and most famously was the model for John Singer Sargent's "Portrait of Madame X," which created a cultural scandal when it was exhibited in 1884 at the Paris Salon. The scandal caused Virginie to retire from society.