Monday, April 11, 2011

Ukrainian-born painter Maria Bashkirtseff, 1858-1884

The Umbrella
Maria Bashkirtseff painted this portrait a 
year before she died of tuberculosis at age 25.

It's unfair to call her Ukrainian, for she lived most of her life in Paris. Her mother did not let her marry, and not surprisingly, she became a feminist of her day. She was best friends with Jules Bastien-Lepage, and corresponded with Guy de Maupassant and Alexandre Dumas. 

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