MARIE BASHKIRTSEFF (1858 or 1860-1884)

Marie Bashkirtseff was one of those unfortunate geniuses whose lives are one long struggle with a more or less hysterical emotion. As her famous " Journal" shows, she lived for emotions, for success and for fame. On April 3rd, 1883, she wrote in her journal: " I feel within me the power to render whatever strikes me. I feel a new force, a confidence in myself, which trebles my faculties. To-morrow I am going to begin a picture which charms me." The next entry runs: " Red Letter Day, Wednesday, April 4th. Six street children grouped, their heads close to one another, half length only. The eldest is about twelve, and the youngest six. The tallest, seen almost from the back, holds a nest, and the others are looking on, in various and suitable attitudes. The sixth is a little girl of four, seen from the back, her head raised and her arms crossed. The description may sound commonplace, but, in reality, all these heads together produce something excessively interesting." That was her first idea for "The Meeting," which was exhibited in the Salon of 1884, and created a widespread interest throughout Europe. After her death it was bought by the State and hung in the Luxembourg.

Into her brief life of twenty-four years she crowded a variety of experiences which she has immortalised in her remarkable " Journal." She was seventeen when she finally determined to devote herself to art, and her astonishing capacity was the wonder of her masters, who could hardly credit the fact that she was practically untrained.

She reproduced life as she saw it, finding in the streets of Paris and in its types a rich source of inspiration which she delighted to express in colour as Zola expressed it in words.

From the book "Famous Paintings" Volume 2 printed in 1913.

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Famous Paintings in this Series

James Archer
My Great Grandmother

The Meeting


John Brett
From the Dorsetshire Cliffs

Arnesby Brown
The River Bank

Joseph Clark
Mother's Darling

John Constable
The Hay-Wain

Jean Baptiste Camille
The Fisherman's Hut

Jean Baptiste Camille
A Flood

Leonardo Da Vinci
Monna Lisa

Edouard Detaille
The Dream

Henri Fantin-Latour

Thomas Gainsborough
Queen Charlotte

Thomas Gainsborough
The Market Cart

Jean Baptiste Greuze
The Head of a Girl

Jean Baptiste Greuze

James Clark Hook
Home With the Tide

Alfred William Hunt
Windsor Castle

Josef Israels
The Shipwrecked Mariner

B.W. Leader
The Stream in Summer-time

Madame Vigee Le Brun
Portrait of the Artist

Alphonse Legros
A Canal With a Fisherman

Anton Mauve
Watering Horses

J.L.E. Meissonier
The Cavalier

Sir J.E. Millais
Speak! Speak!

Sir J.E. Mallais
My First Sermon

George Morland
The Reckoning

George Morland
The Inside of a Stable

The Immaculate Conception
of the Virgin

Alfred Parsons
When Nature Painted
All Things Gay

Ralph Peacock
The Sisters

Syndics of the
Cloth Merchants' Guild

Guido Reni
"Ecce Homo"

Sir Joshua Reynolds
Portrait of Mrs. Richard Hoare
With Her Infant Son

Briton Riviere
The Temptation
in the Wilderness

Dante Gabriel
Day Dreams

John Singer Sargent
Miss Ellen Terry
as Lady Macbeth

Lady Stanley
(Dorothy Tennant)
His First Offence

Jan Steen
Grace Before Meat

Marcus Stone
On the Road from
Waterloo to Paris

Constant Troyon
Watering Cattle

H.S. Tuke
"All Hands to the Pumps"

King Philip IV. of Spain

S.E. Waller
Sweethearts and Wives

Thomas Webster
The Smile

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