Beaux, Cecilia

Beaux, Cecilia

(bō), 1855–1942, American figure and portrait painter, b. Philadelphia. She studied in Philadelphia under William Sartain (see under Sartain, JohnSartain, John
, 1808–97, American engraver, b. London. Shortly after his arrival in the United States in 1830, he received important commissions for prints after paintings by leading artists.
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) and Thomas EakinsEakins, Thomas
, 1844–1916, American painter, photographer, and sculptor, b. Philadelphia, where he worked most of his life. Eakins is considered the foremost American portrait painter and one of the greatest artists of the 19th cent.
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, in Paris in the Julian and Lazar schools. A skilled technician, she won many honors through her long career. She painted a number of wealthy patrons and celebrities, among them Henry James, Clemenceau, and Cardinal Mercier. Well-known paintings include The Dancing Lesson (Art Inst., Chicago), Sita and Sarita (Corcoran Gall.), Portrait of Mrs. Dupont (Mus. of Fine Arts, Boston), and self-portrait (Uffizi).

Bibliography

See her autobiography, Background with Figures (1930).

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Beaux, Cecilia

(1855–1942) painter; born in Philadelphia. She was influenced by the work of Thomas Eakins and became a portrait painter. After studying in Paris at the Académie Julien (1887), she set up a studio in New York City (1890). Her sensitive academic work, as in Dorothea and Francesca (1898), and Mother and Daughter (1898), remains popular.
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