Mariia Konstantinovna Bashkirtseva

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Mariia Konstantinovna Bashkirtseva (1858-1884) THE FORGOTTEN GENIUS Mariia Konstantinovna Bashkirtseva (Marie Bashkirtseff) was a Russian artist who lived a brief, but extraordinary life. In order to more fully understand her art, it is important to review the significant events of her life which shaped it. Her parents, Mariia Babanina and Konstantin Bashkirtsev “belonged to what was then called the provincial nobility” (Creston, 16). The Babanin’s were proud of their Tartar ancestors “from the first invasion, saying Baba and Nina were Tartar words” (Kernberger, vol. 1, p. 2). Konstantin Bashkirtseff lived with his father, “a ferocious Crimean general” (Creston, 1) and four sisters at Gavrontsy, a country estate with a panoramic view overlooking trees, hills, a river, and a courtyard with nine cannons (which Konstantin would fire when in the mood). It was at Gavrontsy, near the provincial town of Poltava in the Ukraine, that Marie was born on November 12, 1858 and was followed by brother, Paul, in 1859. Unfortunately, the
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