After the Meeting, by Cecilia Beaux
Oil on canvas, 1914
Cecilia Beaux was a rare bird in her day: a successful female portrait artist. Beaux was a pioneer of women in the world of art; she became the first woman to hold a teaching position at the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts, at the relatively young age of 40. She drew clients from the world over, and eventually moved from her hometown of Philadelphia to New York to accommodate them all. She was a talented artist and, to her great credit, never strayed from her philosophy of art, which was to take one's time. Although her philosophy slowly became antiquated in a world of art where things moved faster and faster--she was slowly surrounded by the likes of Matisse, Hopper and Henri, who just did it all a bit differently--she continued to work until a broken hip sidelined her in the early 1920s. But no matter--she never stopped her work, just in a different realms; she wrote an autobiography and continued teaching, and was honoured all over the world for her art. She is buried in Bala Cynwyd, just outside of the city where she was born and raised.
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