Klumpke, Anna

BORN 28 Oct 1856, San Francisco, California - DIED 9 Feb 1942, San Francisco, California: 14th Avenue
BIRTH NAME Klumpke, Anna Elizabeth
GRAVE LOCATION Paris: Père Lachaise, Rue du Repos 16 (division 74, ligne 02 (ashes))

Anna Klumpke was a portrait and genre painter. After a fall when she was three she was treated in Germany. When she was fiftene her parents divorced and she moved with her mother to Göttingen. Two years later they settled in Clarens in Switzerland. She studied art and was taught by T. Robert-Fleury and J. Lefebvre at the Académie Julien from 1883 to 1884.

She was fascinated from early childhood by the animal painter Rosa Bonheur. They met on 15 Oct 1889. On 16 Jun 1898 they met again after Anna had asked if she could paint Rosa's portrait. Rosa asked Anna to live with her for a personal as well as a professional partnership. Anna was Rosa's last lover.

Rosa changed her will and when she died in 1899 Anna inherited all her posessions. She lived in France, Boston and San Francisco. In the 1930s she settled in San Francisco. In 1936 she was awarded the légion d'honneur. In 1940 she published "Memoirs of an Artist", a combination of a biography of Rosa and her own memories. She was buried next to Rosa Bonheur at Père Lachaise in Paris.

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• painted Bonheur, Rosa
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The grave of Rosa Bonheur and Anna Klumpke at Père Lachaise, Paris.
Picture by Androom (28 Aug 2001)


Wikipedia (EN): http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Anna_Elizabeth_Klumpke
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Knappertsbusch, Hans

Published: 07 Nov 2010
Last update: 25 Apr 2022