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Ukranian-born French artist
Marie Bashkirtseff (Maria Konstantinovna Bashkirtseva; 24 Nov. 1858 – 31 Oct.r 1884); Russian diarist, painter, and sculptor.
Born in Gavrontsi near Poltava to a wealthy noble family.... Educated privately and with early musical talent, she lost her chance at a career as a singer when illness destroyed her voice. She then determined to become an artist, and studied painting in France at the Robert-Fleury studio and the Académie Julian. The Académie, as one of the few establishments that accepted female students, attracted young women from all over Europe and America. ... Bashkirtseff would go on to produce a remarkable, if fairly conventional, body of work in her short lifetime, exhibiting at the Paris Salon as early as 1880 and every year thereafter (except 1883) until her death....
Bashkirtseff's best-known works are The Meeting and In the Studio, a portrait of her fellow artists at work. Although a large number of her works were destroyed by the Nazis during World War II, at least 60 survive. In 2000, a US touring exhibition entitled "Overcoming All the Obstacles: The Women of Academy Julian" featured works by Bashkirtseff and her schoolmates.
Dying of tuberculosis at the age of 25, Bashkirtseff lived just long enough to emerge as an intellectual in Paris in the 1880s. A misandryst... she wrote under the name "Pauline Orrel"... One of her most-quoted sayings is: "Let us love dogs, let us love only dogs! Men and cats are unworthy creatures.".... (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Marie_Bashkirtseff)
Maria Bashkirtseva... was exceptionally beautiful, knew 6 European languages, played the piano, guitar, harp and mandolin.... Her paintings were the first canvases by a Russian artist to end up in the Louvre. As a 12-year-old, she wrote a diary, then translated into almost all European languages...
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