BORN 28 Sep 1865, Oppeln (now: Opole) - DIED 11 Feb 1926, Flims, Graubünden|
REAL NAME Kuhnert, Friedrich Wilhelm
GRAVE LOCATION Stahnsdorf, Berlin: Südwestfriedhof, Bahnhofstrasse (Block Epiphanien, Gartenblock 1, Gartenstelle 85/86)
Wilhelm Kuhnert received a scholarship that enabled him to study at the Academy in Berlin from 1883 to 1887. In 1894 he married Emilie Herdikerhogg, who was eighteen at the time. They had one daughter.
From Berlin he travelled to Scandinavia, Egypt, India and Africa to study animals and landscapes. He preferred to sketch wild animals in the wild instead of in the zoo. In 1901 he illustrated "Animal Life of the Earth" for J.W. Haacke and in 1903 he started working for chocolate producers Ludwig Stollwerck in Cologne. Form them he made pictures that could be collected in albums.
During a study trip to Ceylon Emilie left him and in 1909 they were divorced. In 1913 he married Gerda Jankowski, who died in 1925 on his sixtieth birthday. In 1926 Kuhnert went to Switzerland to recover from the blow, but there he died himself.
Gottschalk, Wolfgang, Südwestfriedhof Stahnsdorf, Verlag Dirk Nishen, Berlin, 1991
Wilhelm Kuhnert - Wikipedia