Berthe Burgkan was born in Paris in 1855. After studying at the Fine Arts School as a student of Boulanger, Jules Lefebvre and Robert Fleury, she regularly exhibited her work at the French Artists Salon as well as in the Woman’s Arts between 1878 and 1920. She was a painter of genre and floral compositions but she also made some rarer symbolist pieces.
“L’oeuvre d’art”, bi-monthly illustrated magazine, 15th of March 1898
Miss Burgkan’s heads have some strange and mysterious characteristics born from a pastel or a brush and are quite appealing.
Oliver Merson in “Le Monde illustré”, January 1898: Report on the exhibit on femalepainters and sculptors in the Petit Gallery
“As I walk aimlessly without caring about genres or classifications, I stumble upon (…) many paintings worthy of being called special. Miss Burgkan’s “Woman’s head” and “Contemplative woman” are quite remarkable with a particular distinguished air similar to Miss Turner’s in their originality and charming mishap.”