Christiane Vulpius, drawn by Goethe, ca. 1788–1789. Currently displayed at Goethe House, in the Innenstadt district of Frankfurt am Main.. Weimar, Grand Duchy of Saxe-Weimar-Eisenach, German Confederation
- Christiane Vulpius’ Family Background
- When Goethe Met Christiane
- from Concubinage to Real Marriage
- The Misinterpretation of Goethe’s Relation to Chrtistiane
Christiane Vulpius came from a poor family. Her father Johann Friedrich Vulpius, official archivist in Weimar, i.e. file copyist, had studied law for several semesters, but discontinued his studies. His job was badly paid, the family lived in very precarious conditions, especially since his father did everything to make it possible for his eldest son Christian August to study. Christiane was forced to accept a job as a plasterer in a small Weimar manufactory with Caroline Bertuch. This was al...
Christiane was the one woman that should change the life of the most prominent writer of his age to become his wife and the mother of his children. And they should only meet by chance. Christiane Vulpius was a comely damsel of 23 years when Goethe met her, with golden curling locks, rosy cheeks, laughing eyes and a neatly rounded figure. She met Goethe on 12 July 1788 as she spoke to him to ask for help for her brother, who needed support as a starting writer. In fact, Goethe later spoke up s...
Goethe took the young woman into his house together with her half-sister Ernestine and her aunt Juliane; the two women’s sphere of influence was completely limited to the house and garden. The Weimar court and society rejected the illegitimate and improper connection, so that Goethe, on the advice of the duke, had to leave the house at the Frauenplan in the centre of Weimar and move temporarily to the “Jägerhaus” in Marienstraße.This changed only around 1806. After death of his close friend a...
Nothing in Goethe’s life has been so misunderstood and misrepresented as his relations with Christiane Vulpius. She was always treated as a wife, and very much better than most wives, the two being united by bonds more indissoluble than those of the church. Christiane was from a much lower rank in society; but she understood Goethe’s nature as no one else did. Christiane loved the theatre. She visited plays in Weimar as well as in other places. As she grew older, Christiane’s state of health...
- Children and Grandchildren
In 1788, when Christiane was a young woman of Weimar, Goethe addressed to her the Römische Elegien, an epithalamium. They lived together quasi-maritally from 1788 until their marriage in 1806, and afterward until her death in 1816, to the scandal of the ladies of Weimar and the vexation of Bettina von Arnim-Brentano. Friedrich Schiller's wife Charlotte von Lengefeldwrote of Goethe after Christiane's death, "The poor man wept bitterly. It grieves me that he should shed tears for such objects." Christiane, who is buried in the Jacobsfriedhof in Weimar, was the sister of Christian August Vulpius.
Christiane Vulpius and Goethe had a son, Julius August Walther von Goethe (25 December 1789 – 28 October 1830), who became chamberlain to the Grand Duke of Saxe-Weimar, and died while on a visit to Rome. He married Ottilie von Pogwisch (31 October 1796 – 26 October 1872), a highly accomplished woman. She later cared for Goethe until he died in 1832. Julius August and Ottilie had three children: Walther Wolfgang, Freiherr von Goethe (9 April 1818 – 15 April 1885), known as a composer of operettas and songs; Wolfgang Maximilian, Freiherr von Goethe (18 September 1820 – 20 January 1883), a jurist and poet; and Alma von Goethe (29 October 1827 – 29 September 1844).
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Johanna Christiana Sophie Vulpius von Goethe (1 June 1765 – 6 June 1816) was the longtime lover and later wife of Johann Wolfgang von Goethe. Christiane Vulpius spent her childhood in Luthergasse, one of the oldest parts of Weimar. Her paternal ancestors had been academics for several generations. O
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Christiane von Goethe (born Vulpius) was born on month day 1765, at birth place, to Johann Friedrich Vulpius and Christina Margaretha Vulpius. Johann was born on November 12 1725, in Weimar D. Christina was born on March 31 1742, in Weimar, Thuringia, Germany.
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Vulpius was also active as an editor. In 1797, possibly through Goethe's influence, Vulpius obtained employment at the Weimar library, of which he became chief librarian in 1806. In the latter year, Goethe also formally married Christiane. Christian died at Weimar on 25 June 1827. Legacy
Jun 06, 2016 · English: Christiane von Goethe, Johanna Christiana Sophie Vulpius – wife of Johann Wolfgang von Goethe Portrait of Christiane Vulpius, by Goethe Christiane in the Jägerhaus, by Lips, c. 1792
Christiane Vulpius passou a infância em Luthergasse, uma das partes mais antigas de Weimar. Seus ancestrais paternos foram acadêmicos por várias gerações. Por parte de mãe, ela veio de uma família de artesãos.