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Jean-Baptiste-Camille Corot - Marietta, or Roman Odalisque
Jean-Baptiste Carpeaux - Mademoiselle Fiocre
Louis-Ferdinand  Lachassaigne - Vase - Van Dyck painting his first canvas
Charles Durand dit Carolus-Duran - Mademoiselle de Lancey
Jean-Auguste-Dominique Ingres - Francis I Receives the Last Breaths of Leonardo da Vinci
Fernand Pelez - The Death of Emperor Commodus
Eugène Delacroix - Combat of the Giaour and the Pasha
Jacob Mardochée known as Jacob Petit - Mameluke clock
Jean-Baptiste Carpeaux - Buste de Samuel Welles de La Valette
Gustave Courbet - Courbet au chien noir
Édouard Manet - Portrait of Théodore Duret
Louis Léopold Boilly - Portrait of Mademoiselle Athénaïs d’Albenas
Paul Gauguin - Old Man with a Stick
Jean-Baptiste Carpeaux - Ugolino
Jan  Van Beers   - Les funérailles de Charles le Bon, Comte de Flandre, célébrées à Bruges dans l’église Saint-Christophe le 22 avril 1127
Gustave Courbet - La sieste pendant la saison des foins (montagne du Doubs)
Alfred de Dreux - Portrait of Mr and Mrs Mosselman and their two daughters
Jean-Désiré Ringel d'Illzach - Portrait of Jeanne et Mrs Albert Dammouse
Octave  Penguilly L’Haridon  - Côtes de Belleville
Gustave Doré - The Vale of Tears
Gustave Doré - L’Ascension

Parisienne, Portrait of Irma

Marie Constantine
Gavronzi (Ukraine), 1858 – Paris, 1884
Oil on canvas
55,5 x 46 cm

The portrait of this round-faced young woman wearing a simple straw hat adorned with a garland of flowers was exhibited at the Salon of French Artists in 1883 under the title Parisienne.
This face seems to match the one mentioned several times in the Diary of Marie Bashkirtseff under the name of Irma: “Well, Irma’s head is nice and quite boldly painted, but it is a thing without pretention” (1 May 1883).
Enrolled as a pupil at the young girls’ painting school at the Julian Academy since 1877, young Marie became a confirmed proponent of naturalism. She was a friend and admirer of the painter Jules Bastien-Lepage (1848-1884), the leader of this new trend which marked a break away from the tradition of retrospective subjects.

Her Parisienne was painted at a time when Marie was attempting to tackle outdoor painting, and shows a desire to “grasp nature in action” (Diary, 7 August 1882) in order to paint life “with tones that sing, and all real tones sing” (Diary, 30 August 1882). Hence the smiling expression of the model seems to have been captured in the moment during a walk.

During the last four decades of her short life, Marie Bashkirtseff, the daughter of a Russian aristocrat, devoted herself passionately to learning painting while writing a personal diary which was published after her death. In 1887, an initial expurgated version of the Diary was published.  Marie’s mother distributed drawings, letters, paintings and objects that belonged to her daughter like so many precious relics, in order to honour the memory of the young woman.
At its opening in 1902, the Petit Palais received the gift of a painting sent from Nice, preceded by a letter to the curator in which Mrs Bashkirtseff said, “I am sure that you will want to honour the memory of Marie Bashkirtseff, Russian by birth, French and Parisian in her heart and education, by accepting to display one of her paintings in your new museum.”

Marks Inscriptions Hall-marks: 
Signed and dated : Bashkirtseff 1882
Donor, testator or seller: 
Donated by Marie Babadine-Bashkirtseff, 1902
Inventory number: 
Inventory number : PPP00129
Room 16 : Realist portraits
The 19th century
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