Cecil Beaton Exhibiton at Sotheby’s Paris

”The camera will never be invented that could capture or encompass all that he actually sees”, Truman Capote once said of his friend, Cecil Beaton.

Text: Gaia Deligianni


Beaton’s memoirs are estimated as priceless treasure, providing an intimate glance at the greatest talents of the twentieth century. He penned insightful profiles of fashion designers like Coco Chanel, Christian Dior and Cristobal Balenciaga, and also opened his personal scrapbooks and portfolios to the public. His pictures reveal that Cecil Beaton was an extremely skilled portraitist with a keen eye for individuality and, during the 1930s, he took an interest in Surrealism, experimenting with shadow and scale in his fashion portfolios for Vogue.

Cecil Beaton self-portrait


Until July 31, Sotheby’s is showing 30 of Cecil Beaton’s Parisian photographs, depicting the major tribes of artists and fashion people from the 1930s to the 1970s. Alexis Mabille, the curator of the exhibition, had to select portraits among Madame Gres’, Rudolf Nureyev, Christian Berard, Coco Chanel, Yves Saint Laurent who have been captured through Beaton’s lens and defined a revolutionary century.

Pablo Picasso 

Rudolf Nureyev 

Marilyn Monroe 

Maria Callas 

Colette Paris, Circa 1950

Coco Chanel 


Info: The exhibition will be running at Sotheby’s until July 3st1, open from 10am to 6pm daily (except Sundays). Accessible from 4 rue de Duras, 75008 Paris.


Images courtesy of Sotheby’s