At Nice on
the French Riviera, the artist painter Raquin develops her
Raquin was born in the heart of the "Bourbonnais",
an old French province, where her father, Eugène Raquin,
owns a lime-kiln industry assisted by her mother, Hélène,
whose maiden name is Perrier.
A rather lonely child, fond of nature and
animal life. She, instantly, falls in love with rivers and
ponds when, in a small
rowing boat, she accompanies her father at fishing parties.
At eight years old, she starts sketching
the ones she is close to. At twelve, she paints, in the middle
of the forest,
and marshlands which will become one of her great passions.
Each year since childhood, she spends part
of the summertime by the seaside with her family who notices
that the vivifying
ocean air is particularly good for her. Thus explaining
why she lived the best part of her youth facing the sea,
in the mists of the Atlantic.