Marianne von Werefkin (1860 - 1938) came from Russian aristocracy. Her mother recognized her daughter's painting talent early and introduced her to Ilja Repin, the most important realistic painter of the time in Russia, who was to help Marianne find her own style. She went on to become known as 'the Russian Rembrandt' but then suffered a hunting accident at the peak of her career, injuring her painting hand. At the age of 32, she met the painter Alexej Jawlensky and invested all of her efforts and fortune to make a great painter out of him. In Munich, she gathered politicians, high society, aristocrats and artists in her 'pink salon'. For ten years, she devoted herself to furthering Jawlensky's career and didn't paint at all, but she did keep a diary, the Lettres a un Inconue, texts of enormous poetic power. After Jawlensky left her, she had a complete breakdown. Then her inner voice convinced her to return to painting. Her new style was a complete break with the past; beyond realism, clear and vibrant colors and provoking contrasts determined her wonderful compositions. She moved to Ascona and founded a new artists\' colony and went on to become one of the founders of modern art and theartists\' community Der Blaue Reiter.