Beaux, Cecilia (bō) [key], 1855–1942, American figure and portrait painter, b. Philadelphia. She studied in Philadelphia under William Sartain (see under Sartain, John) and Thomas Eakins, 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).
See her autobiography, Background with Figures (1930).
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