First Love, by Russian novelist Ivan Turgenev (1860), was published in 2011 by The Folio Society, UK. The story opens with a brief scene in which three Russian gentlemen amuse themselves by recounting the stories of their first loves. Vladimir recounts the memory of his very unusual first love at sixteen years old. In the narrative, Vladimir is very young and knows nothing about love. When he meets Zinaida, a beautiful 21-year-old, he is struck by her beauty and grace. She fails to reciprocate Vladimir's love. 7 x 11, acrylic, digital.