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Cecilia Beaux
The 'new woman' in painting

Cecilia Beaux, The ArtistsNew England Woman
Portrait of Cecilia Beaux

“Never was a word more absued than ‘Technique.’ To many ‘Technique’ means the purely mechanical, material side of a work, something generally found to be hard, shiny, even vulgar. Just now, to be clumsy is to be admired. Indeed bungling is much in fashion now, in painting. And if one does not bungle naturally, one may easily learn how to do it from the initiated. But the true definition of ‘Technique’ is very simple. A perfect technique in anything only means that there has been no break in continuity between conception, or thought, and the act of performance.

— Cecilia Beaux from “Address to the Comtemporary Club of Philadelphia Shortly after Sargent’s Death,” 1926

Reed Enger, "Cecilia Beaux, The 'new woman' in painting," in Obelisk Art History, Published January 19, 2016; last modified May 21, 2018, http://arthistoryproject.com/artists/cecilia-beaux/.

Cecilia Beaux was a U.S. artist born on May 1, 1855. Beaux contributed to the Impressionist movement and died on September 7, 1942.

Ethel Page, Cecilia Beaux

Ethel Page

Little Girl, Cecilia Beaux

Little Girl

Portrait of Alexander Harrison, Cecilia Beaux

Portrait of Alexander Harrison

Seaside Inlet, Concarneau, France, Cecilia Beaux

Seaside Inlet, Concarneau, France

Cecil Kent Drinker, Cecilia Beaux

Cecil Kent Drinker

Ernesta (Child with Nurse), Cecilia Beaux

Ernesta (Child with Nurse)

New England Woman, Cecilia Beaux

New England Woman

Man with the Cat — Portrait of Henry Sturgis Drinker, Cecilia Beaux

Man with the Cat — Portrait of Henry Sturgis Drinker

After the Meeting, Cecilia Beaux

After the Meeting

Cardinal Mercier, Cecilia Beaux

Cardinal Mercier

Admiral Sir David Beatty, Lord Beatty, Cecilia Beaux

Admiral Sir David Beatty, Lord Beatty

Sita and Sarita, Cecilia Beaux

Sita and Sarita

Mrs. James Blathwaite Drinker and Her Son, Cecilia Beaux

Mrs. James Blathwaite Drinker and Her Son


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