Tips by Dr. Lori

Cecilia Beaux

Cecilia Beaux

It is a little known fact that I became an art historian because of a work of American art by Cecilia Beaux. It was an oil painting of a little dark-eyed girl entitled Ernesta and her Nurse dated 1894 that I saw in the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York.

Cecilia Beaux was born in 1855. She was trained at the prestigious Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts in Philadelphia and at the Academie Julian in Paris among many of the fine artists of her day.

Cecilia Beaux

Beaux’s celebrity status as portrait artist to the social elite developed in art circles on both sides of the Atlantic. She grew to be one of the most prominent and sought after women artists and specifically, female portrait painters of the late 19th and early 20th century. Like her colleague, Mary Cassatt, Beaux trained with some of the best artists of the period including the French realist Bouguereau at the Academie Julian in Paris.

Beaux was a master at capturing the purity and innocence of youth and was known for her portraits of young children, mothers, and families. She attracted many wealthy patrons and worked in a representational style with a flair for American Impressionism.

Today, Beaux’s paintings do not come to market with regularity as many are retained by major museums and private collections. Compositions by Beaux in her traditional portrait style can command upwards of $25,000 to $150,000. Beaux remains a major force in the history of women in art history and American Impressionism.

Request an online appraisal of your Cecilia Beaux piece from Dr. Lori.

Schedule a Dr. Lori Event

Dr. Lori events
Dr. Lori presents her popular Antiques Appraisal Comedy Show around the world at 150 shows a year entertaining audiences. Ask us how to book an event for you.

Dr. Lori's Blog

Dr. Lori reveals insider information and tips about the world of antiques. Subscribe here »
3 Best Times to Sell Antiques

3 Best Times to Sell Antiques

Do you sell antiques like Spode only at Christmas? A Joe Namath print by Leroy Neimen during the Super Bowl? Maybe you don't rush and you wait to sell the wicker furniture in two years for the most value? Does it depend on the antique you are selling? How do you use the news and social media? Find out with my guidelines for all types of antiques.

Read More »