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Marie Bashkirtseff

Marie Bashkirtseff

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Marie Bashkirtseff

November 24, 1858, Gavrontsi – October 31, 1884

Maria Konstantinovna Bashkirtseva was a Ukrainian-born diarist, painter and sculptor.

She studied painting in France at the Académie Julian, one of the few establishments that accepted female students.

Bashkirtseff’s best-known works are The Meeting (now in the Musée d’Orsay, Paris) and In the Studio, a portrait of her fellow artists at work. Although a large number of Bashkirtseff’s works were destroyed by the Nazis during World War II, at least 60 survive.

Dying of tuberculosis at the age of 25, Bashkirtseff lived just long enough to emerge as an intellectual in Paris in the 1880s. A feminist, she wrote several articles for Hubertine Auclert’s feminist newspaper La Citoyenne (1881) under the nom de plume „Pauline Orrel”.

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