Bunsen, Marie von

BORN 17 Jan 1860, London - DIED 28 Jun 1941, Berlin
GRAVE LOCATION Bonn, Nordrhein-Westfalen: Alter Friedhof (Abteilung III, Nr. 168-172)

Marie von Bunsen was the daughter of the politian Georg von Bunsen (1824-1896). Her mother Emma von Birkbeck (1829-1899) came from an English family of bankers. In her youth she travelled in England, Italy and North Africa. She painted watercolours and from 1882 to 1927 she was a member of the Verein der Berliner Künstlerinnen. She worked for a while as lady in waiting for empress Victoria but this ended when emperor Friedrich III died in 1888.

In her house at the Tiergarten area of Berlin she received guests for Sunday breakfasts. From 1905 onwards she organised a salon together with Hedwig Heyl und Else Schulhoff. She often travelled in Germany with her friends or alone. Between 1911 and 1914 she visited several countries in Asia and in 1934 she published "Im Fernen Osten" ("In the Far East") about her travels.

She also published biograhies of members of royalty and of art critic John Ruskin (1903). In 1918 she joined the liberal Deutschen Demokratischen Partei. She was financially independent until the hyperinflation of 1923 and afterwards earned her money by writing and painting. She died in 1941 in Berlin.

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The grave of Marie von Bunsen at the Alter Friedhof, Bonn.
Picture by Androom (17 Jun 2012)


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Published: 28 Mar 2020
Last update: 15 Mar 2022