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Cecilia Beaux
American Painter
American, (May 1, 1855–September 17, 1942)
Beaux began her career in the arts when she studied painting under her cousin, Catherine Ann Drinker Javier. She later attended the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts, where she won the Mary Smith Prize in 1885. After graduating, she traveled to France, where she studied at the Academie Julian and the Atelier Colarossi. Beaux credited these experiences as having a great impact on her artistic style when she returned to the U.S. She is most well known today for her portraits, and her patrons including influential figures such as Theodore and Edith Roosevelt and Mrs. Andrew Carnegie. Later on in her career, she returned to the Pennsylvania Academy and became their first full-time female professor. In 1899, she won the Carnegie Institute's Gold Medal, signifying her importance in the history of American art and portraiture. (Portrait Society of America)

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