|SOLD Marguerite de Sevre|
Once, there was a poor and humble Georgian named Niko Pirosmani. He was a house painter, a painter of signs, and of simple pictures of people and animals that had in them a spark of magic to touch the hearts of his fellow Georgians.
|Niko Pirosmani, painter, Tbilisi, Georgia, 1916. Portrait by Eduard Klar.|
Eduard Klar [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons
|Die Schauspielerin Margarita "The actress Margarita," 1909|
Niko Pirosmanashvili (1862–1918) [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons
Well, Marguerite de Sevre returned to Paris, back to the bright gaiety of her life there. But Niko, poor Niko, financially ruined by this one impulsive act, lived out the rest of his life alone and slowly died of liver failure and malnutrition.
Ah well, perhaps it is only a story.
The story became a folktale in the Soviet Union, and a popular song, "One Million Roses," was based upon it. This song remains a favorite with audiences today throughout Russia and other nations that were once part of the USSR.
|Marguerite de Sevre|