Listen is a 20x20 oil done partially in open studio by Shirley Fachilla.
The woman in the painting within the painting is named Cecilia Beau. She was a portrait painter extraordinaire, in her time, perhaps as successful as her contemporary, John Singer Sargent.
I consider her success well-earned; for I think she was as good as Sargent. Her work has same fluid grace of brushstroke, elegance and exquisite light. She painted as much as Sargent, too. And her subjects were often as wealthy though usually not quite as famous. But today Sargent is well-known and Beau practically forgotten.
I really can’t explain or understand it. The fact that she was a successful woman artist should have made her more memorable rather than less, for in her time, women artists were scarce on the ground.
I found Cecilia in an exhibit at theListen above shows two portrait artists, Cecilia Beau and my painter friend Jean Gauld-Jaeger
High Art Museum in a year or so ago. I’ve included many links to her paintings so you may discover her too. Atlanta