|"The Dreamer"by Cecilia Beaux, 1893, Oil, Collection of The Butler Institute of American Art, Youngstown, OH|
Eliza Cecilia Beaux was born on May 1, 1855 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. She was the youngest daughter of French silk manufacturer Jean Adolphe Beaux and teacher Cecilia Kent Leavitt. Beaux began attending the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts in 1876, which was then under Thomas Eakins(American 1844-1916). She left the Academy to study privately with William Sartain(American 1843-1924), a friend of Eakins because he had a much gentler approach to teaching. At the age of 32, she decided to train in Paris at the Academie Julian because she felt she needed to advance in her skills. She received weekly critiques from masters such as William Adolphe Bougereau(French 1825-1905) and Tony Robert-Fleury(French 1837-1911). Upon her return to Philadelphia, Beaux she was highly productive and painted over 40 portraits in the “grand manner”. She concentrated solely on her art and thought it best not to marry and chose male relationships that would not sidetrack and threaten her career! She was a highly structured professional and was the first woman to teach Portrait drawing/painting at the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts for 20 years. She received many honors, medals and awards and had a major exhibition of 35 paintings at the Corcoran Gallery of Art in Washington, D.C., in 1912. Despite her continuing production and accolades, however, Beaux was working against the current of tastes and trends in art. Cecilia Beaux died at the age of 87 and was quoted as one of the greatest living woman painters and an individualist that flattered but did not falsify her subjects. During her long productive life as an artist, she maintained her personal aesthetic and high standards against all distractions.
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Nanci france-vaz is a modern imaginative realist that uses classical traditional with modern subject matter. She is well known for her portraits and figures that capture a human presence evoking an emotional response from her viewers.
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|Nanci France-Vaz in her New Jersey studio|
Reference source https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cecilia_Beaux