Portrait of The Palm Beach Socialite Jill 1968 Pastel Watercolour by Cecil Beaton
Provenance: Palm Beach Galleries #336 Worth Avenue on verso label together with: Signed 'To Jill with Best Wishes from Cecil Beaton 1968'
Art: 13" x 17" Frame: 21.75" x 25.75"
Artist Bio: Cecil Beaton (1904-1980) was a British photographer and designer best known for his elegant photographs of high society. Working within a cinematic approach, his black-and-white images are characterized by their staged poses and imaginative sets. Beaton’s costume and stage designs won him three Academy Awards, including one for My Fair Lady (1964). He attended Harrow School and St. John’s College, Cambridge, and studied history, art and architecture. He was mostly self-taught as a photographer, though he did study in the studio of Paul Tanqueray. Beaton was hired by numerous publications, including Condé Nast, Vanity Fair, and Vogue. During World War II, his focus shifted to documenting the realities of war throughout the United Kingdom and Europe, forging a prolific and varied career. Beaton’s works can be found in The Museum of Modern Art in New York, the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, and the National Portrait Gallery in London, among others.