She started out as just a simple poor women in France who was a hardworking housemaid by day and was an artist by candlelight. She was discovered by a German art collector, Wilhelm Uhde. She was inspired by her religious beliefs and the world that surrounded her. Her paintings are also said to be a reflection of her mental illness. She passed away in a mental institute in 1942 (but Uhde had claimed she died in 1934). Her paintings were said to be ahead of her time and seem to represent the beginning of abstract floral paintings.