Cecilia Beaux Biography
Born in Philadelphia in 1855, Beaux studied privately with the Dutch artist Adolf van der Wielen and the American painter William Sartain and, from 1876-1878, took classes at the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts. In 1888 she traveled to Paris to study at the AcadA?mie Julian. Throughout Beaux's successful career, she exhibited her work internationally, becoming a frequent prizewinner in major American annuals and world's fairs as well as at the Paris Salons. Beaux stopped painting in the mid-1920s, published her popular autobiography "Background with Figures"A in 1930, and died in 1942.
Beaux, in her lifetime, was considered by many to be the artistic equal of John Singer Sargent. In 1933 Beaux received from First Lady Eleanor Roosevelt a gold medal from the women's fraternal organization Chi Omega, an award that honored American women for cultural contributions on the international stage. Her name also appeared on numerous lists of "greatest living American women."A Since then, her reputation has been eclipsed by more "modern"A women artists, such as her fellow Pennsylvania Academy alumnae Mary Cassatt and Georgia O'Keeffe.