Marie Bashkirtseff (Nov. 11, 1859 - Oct. 31, 1884)
Maria Konstantinovna Bashkirtseva was born in Pulowa in the Ukraine to a wealthy aristocratic family. She grew up travelling abroad with her mother and was privately educated. She and her mother finally settled in Paris, where Marie studied painting and sculpture at the Académie Julian. When she died of tuberculosis at age 24, Marie had managed to fill 84 volumes of a diary with passionate observations and candid descriptions of the famous people she knew personally. It was published posthumously to the consternation of many who were in the books. It is still in print today and is considered an exemplar of its type. Under the nom de plume "Pauline Orrel," she also wrote several articles for the feminist newspaper La Citoyenne. Marie produced a remarkable body of artworks in her short lifetime, most of which went to the Russian Museum at St. Petersburg.