Marie Bashkirtseff (Ukrainian, 1858–1884), The Meeting, 1883–84. Oil on canvas, 76 x 69 5/8 in. Musée d’Orsay, Paris. Photo: Jan Schormans © RMN-Grand Palais, RF442/Art Resource, NY, Courtesy American Federation of Arts

Marie Bashkirtseff studied at the Académie Julian in Paris from 1877 to 1884. Although she died at the young age of 25 from tuberculosis, she became well known for her paintings as well as the articles she wrote, under the pseudonym Pauline Orrell, in support of women’s full participation in the arts. After her death, her journal—in which she wrote extensively about her experiences and ambitions as artist—was published and became an immediate sensation.

Marie Bashkirtseff

Ukrainian, 1858–1884

Photographer unknown, Marie Bashkirtseff, 1878