This dancer, choreographer and artist was born in the Brussels-Capital Region as Marguerite Acarin, although throughout her life she was recognised by her stage name, Akarova, not to mention other titles such as ‘the Belgian Isadora Duncan’; she was often compared to this American mother of Modern Dance. After studying music and dance, Akarova went to Antwerp to join the ballet. The turning point in her professional and private life came in 1922, when at a meeting organised by Isadora Duncan's brother Raymond, Akarova met Marcel Baugniet, an artist with whom she collaborated for many years, and whom she married the following year. However, their marriage only lasted until 1928. Nevertheless, it was a time when Akarova was most successful as a dancer, choreographer and costume designer, working for such great composers as Maurice Ravel and Igor Stravinski. Her second marriage to Louis Lievens also ended after four years. To honour this acclaimed artist, a performance venue with a studio and a home were built in Ixelles in 1937, according to a Jean-Jules Eggericx design. Marguerite Acarin performed at the Avenue de l'Hippodrome for the next 20 years.
During the 1930’s she befriended a number of important artists including J-J. Gailliard and Anto Carte who encouraged her to pursue her painting. This she did, although it was often abandoned for periods of time due to her dancing commitments. As an artist she was, above all, a figure painter and her images of dancers and her Bohemian friends are strongly worked and brightly colored. This particular example, dating from around 1940, is entitled ‘Les Amants’, ‘The Lovers’ and shows a couple embracing.