It was a tricky situation; however the woman who would soon become Marval had for herself this attitude full of life, this taste for risk and an adventurous self confidence that only the enthusiastic people and strong ones have. Interested in the paintings that the picture framers of the town exhibited, she immediately noticed the best artists in Grenoble at the time: Achard, Blach, Girardot, Flandrin, Guiguet, Pachot, Girote, Fantin-Latour, Firmin and Gauthier. While painting outside, she met a few of them, among them was Jules Flandrin, who was in the early stages of his career and longed for studying in Paris. During this period she also felt attracted by same mirage. Lost in the Great City, the courageous vest maker from Grenoble kept leading her double life of female worker and artist, sometimes being close to misery. She lived 9 rue de Campagne-Première.
Her artistic tastes, bold and precise, clearly expressed along with a wild spirit, quickly brought her respect from the young painters of the time, in which the avant-gardist amateur elite put their hopes in. It was the time of impressionism during its decline after its glorious and revolutionary epic period that was so exhilarating, while the neo impressionism that was arriving with Bonnard, Vuillard, Maurice Denis, Valotton, K-X. Roussel, Odilon Redon, was going to be magnified by “Fauvism” where it was possible to predict the future keen interest and glorious period.
Thus, it is this young group of artists called “Fauves” (The Wild Beasts): Henri Matisse, E-O Friesz, Marquet, Van Dongen, Dunoyer de Segonzac, Baignières Rouault, Raoul Dufy and even Picasso, who were impressed by Jacqueline Marval’s first paintings that were guided and strongly acclaimed by her nice friend Charles Guérin who gave her advice due to his experience in the field.