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More Than A Book Club - October Selection Book Discussion
Time: Thursday, October 19 at 2:00 pm
Location: Meeting Room

October Book Selection: Strapless by Deborah Davis

The subject of John Singer Sargent’s most famous painting was twenty-three-year-old New Orleans Creole Virginie Gautreau, who moved to Paris and quickly became the “it girl” of her day. A relative unknown at the time, Sargent won the commission to paint her; the two must have recognized in each other a like-minded hunger for fame.

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 unexamined materials, and featuring a cast of characters including Oscar Wilde and Richard Wagner, Strapless is a tale of art and celebrity, obsession and betrayal.

More Than a Book is also sponsoring a guided tour of the American Wing of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, which features the work of John Singer Sargent, painter of the subject of the October book selection, Madame X.

For more information on the Tuesday, October 17th tour, click here

Strapless is available for purchase from most book retailers, including Amazon.com and Barnes & Noble.

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