Cecilia Beaux: American Figure Painter / Edition 1

Cecilia Beaux: American Figure Painter / Edition 1

by Sylvia Yount, Nina Auerbach, Mark Bockrath
     
 

ISBN-10: 0520253183

ISBN-13: 9780520253186

Pub. Date: 08/01/2007

Publisher: University of California Press

At the turn of the twentieth century, the celebrated American artist William Merritt Chase named Cecilia Beaux “not only the greatest living woman painter, but the best that has ever lived.” While Beaux—unlike her contemporaries John Singer Sargent and Mary Cassatt—has not fared well in modernist-driven art history, her work has become the

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At the turn of the twentieth century, the celebrated American artist William Merritt Chase named Cecilia Beaux “not only the greatest living woman painter, but the best that has ever lived.” While Beaux—unlike her contemporaries John Singer Sargent and Mary Cassatt—has not fared well in modernist-driven art history, her work has become the subject of renewed interest on the part of art historians, collectors, and general viewers on both sides of the Atlantic, and her forty-year career represents a compelling and under-examined chapter in the history of American art. Cecilia Beaux: American Figure Painter is the most comprehensive appraisal of Beaux’s talent in more than three decades. This handsomely illustrated book presents a range of the artist’s strongest work and offers a fresh understanding of her career by examining critical questions of gender, class, and the importance of place. It features substantive essays which examine Beaux’s participation in the international portrait market of the 1890s, explore the artist’s professional identity and changing fortunes through a close reading of key images, investigate Beaux’s sensitivity to the framing and display of her work. An illustrated chronology of Beaux’s life and work, compiled by Alison Bechtel Wexler, completes the study.

Copub: High Museum

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780520253186
Publisher:
University of California Press
Publication date:
08/01/2007
Pages:
195
Product dimensions:
9.00(w) x 11.00(h) x 1.00(d)

Table of Contents

Preface and Acknowledgments, by Sylvia Yount
Lenders to the Exhibition
Director's Foreword, by Michael E. Shapiro

Family Pictures, by Sylvia Yount
Cecilia Beaux and the Rise of American Portraiture in the 1890s, by Kevin Sharp
The Queen Stands Alone, by Nina Auerbach
Framing Beaux, by Mark Bockrath
Catalogue of the Exhibition

Cecilia Beaux: A Chronology, by Alison Bechtel Wexler
Bibliography

Index

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