Portrait and genre painter. Born in San Francisco, CA in 1856. As a small girl Anna was given a "Rosa" doll (the French animal painter Rosa Bonheur was so famous in the 19th century that dolls were made in her image), and from early childhood Anna was fascinated with the career of Bonheur.
Anna's mother left her husband and moved to Europe, where Anna studied in Paris under Lefebve and Robert- Fleury at the Academie Julian (1883-84). While at the academie she won the grand prize for outstanding student of the year and her portrait of her mother was favorably received at the Paris Salon.
She returned to the United States and taught in Boston for a few years. In 1898 she obtained an interview with Bonheur for the purpose of doing her portrait. Klumpke lived with Bonheur until her death the following year and was the inheritor of her estate.
The ensuing years were divided between France, Boston and San Francisco After her return to San Francisco 1n 1930s, she exhibited at the Golden Gate International Exposition and on Sept.18, 1940 at Treasure Island she was nominated by popular vote as one of California's most distinguished women artists. She authored the biography Rosa Bonheur, "Sa Vie Son Oeuvre", as well as her own autobiography entitled Memoirs of a Artist (Wright and Potter Printing Company, Boston 1940). Anna Klumpke died in San Francisco at her 14th Av home on February 9, 1942.
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