Cecilia Beaux (1855-1942, American)

Cecilia Beaux Photograph c 1888

Cecilia Beaux
Photograph
c 1888

Cecilia Beaux, like Mary Cassatt, was a Pennsylvania native who travelled to Paris where she became acquainted with the Impressionist movement.  However, after admiring the classic artists such as Titian and Rembrandt, Cecilia Beaux soon found that she preferred realism over Impressionism,  and developed a style somewhat similar to that of John Singer Sargent.  At the turn of the 20th century, after returning to the US, Beaux became a sought after portraitist painting and/or sketching George Clemenceau, Teddy Roosevelt, his wife Edith and their daughter among many others. Beaux remained a strong willed independent woman who never married, choosing instead to focus on her art.  In 1923, after breaking her hip, she was unable to continue producing works as she once had done.  Popular during her lifetime, she was awarded several honors including one from Eleanor Roosevelt in 1933, and in 1942, a gold medal from the National Institute of Arts and Letters.

 

 

 

 


 

Francesca with a Kitten, Cecilia Beaux cats in art

Francesca with a Kitten
Private Collection


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