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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

Cecilia Beaux explored the line between portraiture and figure painting in Dorothea and Francesca, which focuses less on the individuality of the sitters and more on their coordinated movements. The composition features two children of Beaux’s friends Helena de Kay and Richard Watson Gilder, an influential couple in New York’s cultural scene. A double portrait of the daughters engaged in a dancing lesson, the work visually evokes the transition from girlhood to adolescence.

A female artist competing for portrait commissions in the male-dominated art market of the turn of the 20th century, Beaux fared exceedingly well. She was also an influential teacher, becoming the first woman to secure a faculty position at the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts.

Status

On View, Gallery 161

Department

Arts of the Americas

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

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