Unveiled at the 1884 Paris Salon, Gautreau’s portrait generated the attention she craved—but it led to infamy rather than stardom. Sargent had painted one strap of Gautreau’s dress dangling from her shoulder, suggesting either the prelude to or the aftermath of sex. Her reputation irreparably damaged, Gautreau retired from public life, destroying all the mirrors in her home.
Drawing on documents from private collections and other previously excluded materials, and featuring a cast of characters including Oscar Wilde and Richard Wagner, Strapless is a tale of art and celebrity, obsession and betrayal.
By Deborah Davis
Published by TarcherPerigee, 2004
5.4 x 0.9 x 8.2 inches
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