Cecil Beaton
Audrey Triptych by Cecil Beaton
1964 / 2015

Audrey Triptych

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Cecil Beaton

Audrey Triptych

Limited Edition, Edition of: 250, Archive Stamp
1964 / 2015
Audrey Triptych by Cecil Beaton
$ 949.00
15.7 x 15.7"

Photo mount frame Hamburg, profile width: 0.8"

Spessart Oak, Black

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Background Information about Cecil Beaton

About the Work

Cecil Beaton’s pictures of Audrey Hepburn in profile are among the most well known portraits of the actress. As the costume and set designer for many of her films, including the Oscar-winning adaptation of My Fair Lady, Beaton developed a special relationship with the Hollywood icon, whose elegance and expressive features he admired greatly.

In the left image of the triptych, Audrey Hepburn is wearing an opulent Givenchy hat. Her posture gives the profile a static, almost geometric appearance. Not only is this a three-image set of portraits of the film star, but it also serves as a study of fashion in the 1960s. The pictures, which appeared in Vogue, convey not only the film icon’s unique appeal, but also the spirit of the time, which Beaton, with his unique sense of style, knew exactly how to capture.

About the Artist

The name Cecil Beaton is intrinsically intertwined with the history of fashion photography; the self-proclaimed “Last Dandy of the British Empire” helped shape the genre for five decades. His interest in photography began in his early childhood, at a time when the medium was still relatively new to everyday life. In the mid-1920s, he started to get published regularly in British Vogue, and soon after that, he was offered a permanent position as a photographer with American Vogue in New York City.

Cecil Beaton achieved fame as one of the most important chroniclers of 20th century society, taking portraits of notable figures including Grace Kelly, Elizabeth Taylor, Salvador Dali, Marlene Dietrich, Orson Wells, Mick Jagger, and many others. In 1937 he became the official photographer of the British royal family, and in 1972 he was knighted by Queen Elizabeth II.

Few artists, if any, are able to master such a broad road range of disciplines and media as Cecil Beaton. In addition to photography and stage design, he produced costumes for film and theatre, studied interior design and painting, and published his own diaries. As a fanatical aesthete, he was influenced by a broad range of styles from art history and was continually developing his own distinctive approach. While his earlier work contains themes from the era of romanticism and the opulence of court paintings, in his later work, the artist adopted more realism into his style. Truman Capote once remarked “The camera will never be invented that could capture or encompass all that he actually sees.”

Daniela Kummle
1904Born in London, UK
Studied History, Art and Architecture at St. John’s College, Cambridge, UK
Worked as a photographer for British Vogue
Worked as a photographer for Vogue and Vanity Fair
1980Died in Broad Chalke, UK
1956CBE Order of the British Empire
1960Legion of Honour
1964Academy Awards in Costume Design and Best Art Direction for My Fair Lady
1972Knight Bachelor
MoMA, New York City, USA
F.C. Gundlach Collection, Hamburg, Germany

Solo Exhibitions

2012Cecil Beaton, Imperial War Museum, London, UK
2011Cecil Beaton, Museum of the City of New York, New York City, USA
2009Cecil Beaton: Portraits, Walker Art Gallery, Liverpool, UK
2005Sir Cecil Beaton – Faces, Foam Fotografiemuseum, Amsterdam, Netherlands
2004Cecil Beaton – Portraits, KunstHaus Wien, Vienna, Austria
Cecil Beaton – Portraits, National Portrait Gallery, London, UK
1989Cecil Beaton – Bilder und Portraits, Fotografie Forum international, Frankfurt, Germany
1954Photography by Cecil Beaton, Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago, USA

Group Exhibitions

2013War/Photography, Brooklyn Museum of Art, New York City, USA
2011Vanity, Kunsthalle Wien, Vienna, Austria
Great Moments in Glamour, Museum Ludwig, Cologne, Germany
2009Twiggy: A Life in Photographs, National Portrait Gallery, London, UK
Gay Icons, National Portrait Gallery, London, UK
2008Vanity Fair Portraits: Photographs 1913-2008, Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Los Angeles, USA
Street & Studio: An Urban History of Photography, Tate Modern, London, UK
2005I Wanna be Loved by You: Photographs of Marilyn Monroe, Brooklyn Museum of Art, New York City, USA
1998Peggy Guggenheim: A Centennial Celebration, Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York City, USA
1996Double vie, Double vue, Fondation Cartier pour l’art contemporain, Paris, France
1980Looking for Picasso: Photographs of the Artist, International Center of Photography, New York City, USA
1977documenta 6, Kassel, Germany
Cecil Beaton – Portraits and Profiles, Cecil Beaton and Hugo Vickers, London 2014.
The Essential Cecil Beaton: Photographien 1920-1970, Philip Garner and David Allan Mellor, Munich 2012.
Cecil Beaton: The New York Years, Donald Albrecht, New York City 2011.
Cecil Beaton. Porträts, Terence Pepper (Ed.), Ostfildern 2005.