Born in Russia in 1858, Mary Bashkirtseff was 12 when she settled in Nice, in a villa located on the Promenade des Anglais, with her mother, aunt and cousin.
In the late nineteenth century, women are struggling to find a place in the artistic community. Mary Bashkirtseff, nicknamed "Moussia" bohemian, whimsical, full of talent and energy is a burgeoning artist, drawn to all forms of art, especially painting, music and writing.
In 1873, she began a journal and she wrote on an almost daily basis, producing thousands of pages before her death at 25. Pretty young woman, she was an inspiration for many writers. Her notebooks, as well as her paintings created a sort of "cult" Bashkirtseff worldwide.