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Mrs. Robert Abbe (Catherine Amory Bennett)

Cecilia Beaux

American Art

On View: American Art Galleries, 5th Floor, Visions and Myths of a Nation, 1800–1890
Cecilia Beaux’s emphasis on the clothing in this portrait of the society matron Catherine Abbe points to Abbe’s social status rather than her personality or achievements. Mrs. Abbe devoted much time to philanthropic activities, including the League of Political Education, through which she supported women’s rights. Her interest in that cause may have led her to choose Beaux, an accomplished woman artist, to paint her portrait. Beaux made the decision not to marry, believing that family responsibilities would impede her professional success in a field dominated by men.
MEDIUM Oil on canvas
DATES 1898-1899
DIMENSIONS 74 x 39 in. (188 x 99.1 cm) frame: 86 1/2 x 51 1/2 x 3 1/4 in. (219.7 x 130.8 x 8.3 cm)  (show scale)
SIGNATURE Signed lower left: "Cecilia Beaux"
CREDIT LINE Gift of Mr. and Mrs. M. R. Schweitzer
RIGHTS STATEMENT No known copyright restrictions
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CAPTION Cecilia Beaux (American, 1855-1942). Mrs. Robert Abbe (Catherine Amory Bennett), 1898-1899. Oil on canvas, 74 x 39 in. (188 x 99.1 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Gift of Mr. and Mrs. M. R. Schweitzer, 1999.113 (Photo: Brooklyn Museum, 1999.113_SL3.jpg)
IMAGE overall, 1999.113_SL3.jpg. Brooklyn Museum photograph, 2015
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