Marie Bashkirtseff (January 11, 1860 - April 4,1884) was a Ukrainian diarist, painter and sculptor
From the age of 13, she began keeping a journal, and it is for this she is most famous. Her personal account of the struggles of women artists is documented in her published journals but it is a revealing story of the bourgeoisie. Titled, I Am the Most Interesting Book of All, her popular diary is still in print today. Her letters, consisting of her correspondence with the writer Guy de Maupassant, were published in 1891.
Dying of tuberculosis at the age of 23, Bashkirtseff lived just long enough to become an intellectual powerhouse of Paris in the 1880s. A feminist, she was a personage without equal for her time. One of her famous quotes is: Let us love dogs, let us love only dogs! Men and cats are unworthy creatures.