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      Concept, Composition, Confidence, Contrast, Color Harmony, Character, Courage      
      By Dan Bartges      
      Assignment 10 In A Series Of 10: Courage      

Cecilia Beaux (American; 1855–1942). Man with the Cat (Henry Sturgis Drinker), 1898. Oil on canvas 48" x 34.625". Smithsonian American Art Museum. Bequest of Henry Ward Ranger through the National Academy of Design.

Cecilia Beaux's, Man with the Cat (Henry Sturgis Drinker) (above), showcases the artist's abilities at her courageous best. If you enlarge the painting, you can study the artist's daring brushwork and bold use of color, and sense her passion for painting.

      Pinned to his or her studio wall, this note reminds an artist to
muster the courage to take risks.
      1Q What did the cicada beetle do that was considered courageous?

1A After shedding its shell, it leaped off the tree and flew.

2Q Explain what Eugéne Delacroix meant when he wrote: "Mediocre painters … never get beyond themselves."

2A They never take the risk of attempting to paint better than they're certain they can paint.

3Q Who painted Man with the Cat (Henry Sturgis Drinker)?

3A The American artist Cecilia Beaux (1855–1942).
      Author: A full-time artist since 1996, Dan Bartges is the author of the book, "Color Is Everything," and two books on sports, "Winter Olympics Made Simple" and "Spectator Sports Made Simple." Visit his website at      

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