This month’s featured artist is American portrait painter, Cecilia Beaux. Her work has a similar quality to that of John Singer Sargent. Remarkable realism with full, luscious strokes.
In Mother and Daughter Cecilia Beaux, look at those skin tones and the glowing dash of yellow.
In Ernesta, look at the powerful highlights and use of purple in the shadows. This is a great example of adding some kind of interest to the shadows, rather than defaulting to blacks and browns.
Here’s a gallery of her other work:
Below are some links to learn more about her life and work:
Wikipedia – Cecilia Beaux
Google Arts and Culture – Cecilia Beaux – You can see high-resolution photos of some of her paintings.