Ellen Lee, IMA Wood-Pulliam Distinguished Senior Curator, the IMA owns two other (better) portraits by the Artist Cecilia Beaux. It is one of many turn-of-the-century American portraits, so it has no logical complement to other departments at the museum. The sitter herself loathed the painting and wanted it burned, but a household staff member saved it. The leading Beaux scholar criticized the poorly painted torso. The portrait is poorly drawn and has never been exhibited. It is far inferior to the great portraits on which Cecilia Beaux's reputation rests. Deaccession Policy
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