Tuesday, February 1, 2022

Art Review - "Cynthia Sherwood" by Cecilia Beaux

Today's #MuseumTourTuesday post features a painting I had never seen a quality image of before our visit to the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston.

This portrait was created in a trade with fellow artist Rosina Emmet Sherwood, and exhibited at the 1895 Society of American Artists' annual exhibition. In exchange for the portrait of her daughter, Sherwood painted a portrait of Cecilia Beaux.

The piece is very spontaneous in execution. Most of the dress is made up of unpainted canvas, and the background is a simple wash of color. The dynamic brushwork shows Beaux's confidence in drawing with paint, and her skill in capturing a likeness with a minimal amount of rendering. There is not a single unnecessary stroke in this painting.

"Cynthia Sherwood" • Cecilia Beaux • Oil on Canvas • 1892 • 61cm x 44.5cm

Painting photo by Saunders Fine Arts.

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