The New International Encyclopædia/Beaux, Cecilia

From Wikisource
Jump to navigation Jump to search

BEAUX, , Cecilia (1863—). An American figure and portrait painter. She was born in Philadelphia; studied painting first from William Sartain, then, going to Paris in 1899, under Bouguereau and Constant, Courtois and Dagnan-Bouveret. She has received a number of prizes, including the gold medals of the Philadelphia Art Club (1893), the Carnegie Institute, Pittsburg (1899), the Buffalo Exposition (1901), and the Dodge prize of the National Academy, and is a member of the Society of American Artists, the National Academy, and the Société Nationale des Beaux Arts. Among her best-known paintings are “Last Days of Infancy” (1885), portraits of Rev. James Grier and her niece Ernesta, “Sita and Sarita,” “Cynthia” (Miss Sherwood), “The Dreamer,” “Mother and Daughter,” “A New England Woman” (Philadelphia Academy), and “Dorothea and Francesca,” daughters of Richard Watson Gilder, whose portrait she also exhibited at the St. Louis World's Fair in 1904. She was a member of the international jury of the Paris Exposition of 1900. Miss Beaux unites with a fine feeling for color a freedom of brushwork which contributes much to the pleasure-giving qualities of her art. There is no sense of effort conveyed in the manipulation of pigment; no dull and heavy tones. Everything she paints lives through the vivacity of her happy stroke, and her work becomes art by the felicitous way in which it is done.