Cecilia Beaux (Painter) – Bio, Birthday, Family, Age & Born

Cecilia Beaux

Cecilia Beaux was an American society portraitist, in the manner of John Singer Sargent. She was a near-contemporary of American artist Mary Cassatt and also received her training in Philadelphia and France. Her sympathetic renderings of the American ruling class made her one of the most successful portrait painters of her era.

Born: Eliza Cecilia Beaux, May 1, 1855, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Died: September 17, 1942, Gloucester, Massachusetts
Nationality: American
Education: Francis Adolf Van der Wielen, Académie Julian, Académie Colarossi
Known for: Portrait painting
Movement: Impressionism
Awards: Mary Smith Prize, PAFA (1885, 1887, 1891, 1892), First Prize, Carnegie Institute (1899), Temple Gold Medal, PAFA (1900), Gold Medal, Exposition Universelle (1900)

About Cecilia Beaux

Prominent 19th-century painter known for her portraits of the social and political elite. She carried on the style pioneered by John Singer Sargent.

Before Fame

She first studied painting under the guidance of her artist cousin, Catharine Ann Drinker. Later, she studied art at the Académie Julian in Paris.


She painted portraits of Georges Clemenceau, Lady George Darwin, William Henry Howell, and many other prominent figures.

Family Life

She was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, and was the daughter of a French silk manufacturer, Jean Adolphe Beaux.


She was a contemporary of the more famous artist Mary Cassatt.

Information related to Cecilia Beaux

  • Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts faculty
  • Académie Colarossi alumni
  • Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts alumni
  • Burials in Pennsylvania
  • American portrait painters
  • Artists from Philadelphia
  • Alumni of the Académie Julian
  • American expatriates in France

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Latest information about Cecilia Beaux updated on September 06, 2020.

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