Dorothea and Francesca

A work made of oil on canvas.
CC0 Public Domain Designation

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  • A work made of oil on canvas.

Date:

1898

Artist:

Cecilia Beaux
American, 1855–1942

About this artwork

"It doesn’t pay to paint everybody." With this comment, Cecilia Beaux situated herself within the rarified group of successful late-19th-century portrait painters whose clientele was primarily the upper class. This full-length depiction of two of the daughters of Helena de Kay and Richard Watson Gilder is innovative in its portrayal of spontaneous movement. The Gilders were leaders of an artistic, literary, and musical circle in New York, and they were close friends of Beaux. The girls look down, rather than at the viewer, concentrating on their dance steps. The fluid brushstrokes and use of subtle color accurately convey motion and also give the appearance of a swiftly executed canvas; however, Beaux worked diligently on the picture for over two months.

On View

American Art, Gallery 161

Artist

Cecilia Beaux

Title

Dorothea and Francesca

Origin

New York

Date

1898

Medium

Oil on canvas

Inscriptions

Signed, lower left: "Cecilia Beaux"

Dimensions

203.5 × 116.8 cm (80 1/8 × 46 in.)

Credit Line

A. A. Munger Collection

Reference Number

1921.109

Extended information about this artwork

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