Cecil Beaton (London, 1904 – Salisbury, 1980) was perhaps the photographer and portraitist of the most acclaimed cinema of the twentieth century. Your photographs in black and white are authentic works of museum and figures from the era of seventh art (and other arts) were forever immortalized in the camera lens. From Marilyn Monroe, to Greta Garbo (one of her great friends) and, above all and all, the wonderful Audrey Hepburn, they were portrayed, not only in their body but also in their soul, for this great artist, able to go beyond the outside and convey in your portraits the soul and spirit of your models. Provided with An exquisite education and style, Beaton was an art genius photographic that was also dedicated to styling and fashion. Their relation with cinema and theater and the best directors and authors of half of the 20th century was great and special, but not only portrayed actresses and actors, he also did it with the most important personalities of those years; since Picasso to Queen Elizabeth II of England herself. His photographic series are they have exhibited in numerous exhibitions and rooms, including those of the National Portrait Gallery in London. Precisely here and from 12 of March to June 7 of this year, in 2020, a sample will be exhibited of his work that includes the most bohemian and extravagant era of artist, that of his first youth, in the time between 1920 and 1930.
Britain has a long tradition of great painters and photographers, but without a doubt Beaton was the photographer chosen by the gods to leave proof of the divinity of the photograph.
Son of a wooden merchant, with a good economic position, his interest in photography was fostered, in his childhood, by his governess.
He studied at the Heat Mount School, then attended Harrow Schooland, later, he studied art, architecture and history at St John’s Collegein Cambridge, although he never graduated himself.
He exhibited for the first time at the Colling Gallery in London in 1926, the year in who, in addition to continuing to take photographs individually, created his First photo studio . Habitual fashion photographer, publishedcountless works in the best graphic magazines of the time, between them, Vogue, for which he first worked as an illustrator, Harper’s Bazaar and Vanity Fair. All of them were great platforms for the universal knowledge of his work. It was from the time of 1930 to 1940, when I’ve traveled to New York and Los Angeles, before of World War II, when Hollywood seduced him and began his series of portraits of the best actresses in the mecca of cinema. In 1937 he also became the official photographer of the British royal family.
During the contest he took photographs, especially in London, and the famous series known as Theater of War. Photographs in which express as no one the situations of the places and protagonists anonymous and the scenario in which they had, terribly, to move.
But Beaton did not settle for being just a witness of actresses and actors in the big movies. Your training and experience and, about everything, his enormous taste and stylistic ability, led him past the war, to enter the art direction in the industry Cinematic and theatrical. In the decade of the 50s and 60s of the century XX, performed the daring of My Fair Lady what had first been premiered in theater on Broadway) which was, perhaps, in that regard, its most celebrated work, which led him to win the Oscar in that category. And he did the art direction and costumes for another masterpiece, Gigi,with whom he also won the Oscar in that section.
In later years his life, he published some controversial Diaries and he lived some controversies due to his character and personal relationships, but It had already become a myth. The order of the Empire was granted British, as well as granted the title of Sir.
Sir Cecil Beaton, glory throughout his artistic career, went on to definitive glory and the memory of all art lovers and good Taste in the beautiful English city of Salisbury, where I had many years his home, on January 18, 1980. He has just finished forty anniversary of his farewell to his incredible existence. But his work He will always remain with us.
“Beauty is there to be recognized” (Cecil Beaton)