Quarter-hour – Three artists, one name – Munich

Father, son and grandson: Morgensternstraße owes its name to famous members of the family. One of them, known for his spiritual poetry, died at the age of 42

Three in a joke: Sometimes the urban bureaucracy can be really effective. In 1947, for example, the town hall managed to find the name of a street in the distant country of Solln, which theoretically included three representatives of a family of artists, the Morgenstern. Officially, the Morgensternstraße, which begins immediately in the no man's land at the southwestern limits of the city, prepares itself to the northwest and is named after the German landscape architect Carl Ernst Morgenstern, born in 1847 in Munich and professor at Wroclaw School of Applied Arts.

As famous as his father Christian Ernst Bernhard Morgenstern, an important landscape painter of the Hamburg school, he was not. Born in 1805, he went to Munich in 1830 and quickly made a name for himself with his paintings of the Alpine Hills – from Lake Chiemsee to Lake Starnberg and to Dachau. His works adorn great museums, such as the Hamburger Kunsthalle or the Museo Thyssen-Bornemisza in Madrid. He was buried in 1867 in the old southern cemetery.

He could no longer witness the birth of his grandson Christian, born in Schwabing in 1871, four years later, and broke with the tradition of morning star painter: he became a poet. At the age of ten, the little Christian lost his mother Charlotte, who had tuberculosis. He also succumbed to the disease after many spa stays, sometimes in Davos, then in Arosa, Bad Reichenhall or Meran. At Villa Helioburg in Untermais, which has belonged to Meran since 1924, he died on March 31, 1914 at the age of 42. Posterity knows him above all because of his humorous and clever poems, the "songs on the gallows" for example. One of them involves a fence, which has lost its space because an architect has built a large house, which means the end of the fence. "But the architect has escaped / Africa – Ameriko."

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