The laundress of Lille, Mme Bodin-Lallement, was a force to be reckoned with. Not only was she a successful businesswoman who employed some 20 townspeople at her laundry establishment, but more significantly, she was the grandmother of the French Symbolist painter,
writer, poet, and historian Emile Bernard (1868-1941). It is to her that we are indebted for much of her grandson's career.
Southgate MT. Portrait of Bernard's Grandmother. JAMA. 2008;299(1):13. doi:10.1001/jama.2007.2
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