John Singer Sargent. “Madame X,” detail, 1884, oil on canvas.
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When acclaimed choreographer Christopher Wheeldon first saw "Portrait of Madame X," he was captivated by the painting that caused a social uproar in 19th-century Paris.English-born Wheeldon saw the painting at New York's Metropolitan Museum of Art, where he joined City Ballet in 1993 . Years later, he has taken inspiration from it for his latest production, "Strapless," now up at London's Royal Ballet. Leading cast are Royal Ballet Principal Dancers Natalia Osipova as Gautreau and Edward Watson as Sargent.Christopher Wheeldon's "Strapless" is up at London's Royal Opera House through March 11 .
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