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Georges Clemenceau

1920 Cecilia Beaux Born: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 1855 Died: Gloucester, Massachusetts 1942 oil on canvas 46 7/8 x 36 3/4 in. (119.2 x 93.3 cm) Smithsonian American Art Museum Gift of the National Art Committee 1923.6.5 Smithsonian American Art Museum
Luce Foundation Center, 3rd Floor, 2A


Luce Center Quote

"I have made a sketch for the Clemenceau portrait and have it fully in mind." Cecilia Beaux letter, in Tappert, Cecilia Beaux and the Art of Portraiture, 1995

Luce Center Label

The United States War Portraits Commission hired Cecilia Beaux to paint this portrait of Georges Clemenceau, the premier of France who signed the World War I peace treaty at Versailles in 1919. Clemenceau hated having his portrait made, so Beaux prepared her composition from photographs and sketches while she waited for his return from a trip to the Middle East. She wrote: "Now I am after the most illusive and 'orneriest' of them all, and dear knows when I shall catch him . . ." Beaux finally went to his house for one sitting and from an oil sketch created this portrait of the statesman, standing in his study behind a desk with books and papers.

Keywords

Occupation - political - statesman

Portrait male - Clemenceau, Georges

painting

paint - oil

fabric - canvas

About Cecilia Beaux

Born: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 1855 Died: Gloucester, Massachusetts 1942

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