Willemer, Marianne von

BALLET DANCER (AUSTRIA)
BORN 20 Nov 1784, Linz (?) - DIED 6 Dec 1860, Frankfurt am Main
REAL NAME Jung, Marianne
GRAVE LOCATION Frankfurt am Main, Hessen: Hauptfriedhof (Gewann D, 261)

Marianne von Willemer was the daughter of the actress Elisabeth Pirngruber. She was probably born in Linz and her father is unknown. Her mother married in 1788 and after her husband died she settled in Frankfurt am Main with her daughter.

From 1798 onwards she worked as a ballet dancer and in 1800 Goethe's mother as well as Clemens Brentano saw her in "Harlekin aus dem Ei". In the same year she was adopted by the banker Johann Jakob Willemer, twice a widower. Her mother returned to Linz. It was probably two years later that she and Willemer became lovers. They lived together for years and finally married in 1814.

In that same year Willemer had introduced her to Goethe who visited Wiesbaden. After Goethe returned to Weimar he corresponded with Marianne. Willemer invited Goethe to visit the area again and in 1815 Goethe visited Willemer. He stayed there for several weeks and he and Marianne wrote love poems to each other and possibly they were lovers. After he returned home he published "West-östlichen Divan" without disclosing that he had included work by Marianne. Only shortly before she died she disclosed this information to Hermann Grimm.

After Goethe left they kept up their correspondence until his death in 1832. She travelled to Italy several times before his death in 1838. Left without a husband and children she started teaching singing and piano. She died in 1860 and was in the grave of the Andreae family at the Hauptfriedhof in Frankfurt am Main.

Related persons
• knew Boisserée, Sulpice
• knew Goethe, Johann Wolfgang von

Sources
Wikipedia (German)
• Moos, Günter, Wegweiser durch den Frankfurter Hauptfriedhof, 1994

Images

The grave of Marianne von Willemer at the Hauptfriedhof, Frankfurt am Main.
Picture by Androom (30 Apr 2013)

 

The grave of Marianne von Willemer at the Hauptfriedhof, Frankfurt am Main.
Picture by Androom (30 Apr 2013)

 


Willermoz, Jean-Baptiste

Published: 17 May 2013
Last update: 17 May 2013