I wouldn’t normally have made that connection, but it’s hard not to when you look at Marie Bashkirtseff’s Un meeting (1884, early use of franglais). Bashkirtseff (1858-1884) was a pupil/acquaintance of Bastien-Lepage (which Clausen never was) who
died in Paris of tuberculosis before her 26th birthday, and a few days before Bastien. She was born in
the Ukraine to Russian nobility. After a childhood of travel, she
studied painting at Robert-Fleury’s studio at the Académie Julian from, I think, 1877, where Clausen appeared for a few months, I believe around 1883: his last brush with a continental education. Was she still there and did he meet her? Some accounts of Bashkirtseff give her date of birth as 1860: I have not sifted this.
André Theuriet’s Jules Bastien-Lepage and His Art: A Memoir, T Fisher Unwin, London, 1892; Macmillan, New York, 1892, illustrated, has three “Supplementary articles”: one by Sickert, Modern Realism in Painting; one by Clausen, Jules Bastien-Lepage as Artist; and one by Mathilde Blind, A Study of Marie Bashkirtseff. Clausen’s contribution is one of his two published pieces on Bastien: the other appeared in The Scottish Art Review in 1888.
Bashkirtseff’s diaries, begun in her early adolescence, offer “a frank picture of her artistic and emotional development and a strikingly modern psychological self-portrait of a young, gifted mind in the process of development”. Mathilde Blind was their original translator; there is a recent translation, I Am the Most Interesting Book of All, by Phyllis Howard Kernberger. Her correspondence with Maupassant has also been published.
Bashkirtseff, Un meeting