Cecilia Beaux, American Figure Painter

September 29, 2007 – January 6, 2008

Cecilia Beaux presents a retrospective of one of the leading female artists working in the United States in the nineteenth century. Her forty-year career represents a compelling and underexamined chapter in the history of American art. In an effort to fully understand Beaux’s artistic independence, ambition, and appeal, this retrospective will situate her better known portrait commissions in the broader context of early commercial, student, and French productions as well as later landscape and still-life compositions. The exhibition seeks to uncover a richer dimension to her work by exploring questions of gender, class, and the importance of place.

Cecilia Beaux, American Figure Painter is organized by the High Museum of Art, Atlanta. Major support is provided by The Henry Luce Foundation. This exhibition is made possible by the National Endowment for the Arts as part of “American Masterpieces: Three Centuries of Artistic Genius.” Support for local programming is generously provided by A.J. Kollar Fine Paintings, LLC and The Henry Luce Foundation American Art Program.