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 Berta Hummel

Berta Hummel

Birth
Massing, Landkreis Rottal-Inn, Bavaria (Bayern), Germany
Death 6 Nov 1946 (aged 37)
Bad Saulgau, Landkreis Sigmaringen, Baden-Württemberg, Germany
Burial Siessen, Landkreis Biberach, Baden-Württemberg, Germany
Memorial ID 10755270 · View Source
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Artist. Best known for her artwork displayed on Hummel figurines. At an early age she was a gifted caricaturists. Her love for life and the innocence of children are reflected in her art work. When Berta was 12, she was accepted at the Institute of English Sisters. It was here where she really developed her skills and talents. At age 16 she had been accepted at the Academy of Applied Arts in Munich. Berta chose to live with the nuns instead of in the dormitory. Living with the nuns, she met two Franciscan sisters who had a passion for religion and the arts.In 1931 Berta joined the Franciscan Sisters Convent of Siessen, Wurttemberg, Germany. In 1934, she became Sister Maria Innocentia Hummel. The convent at Siessen was in need of earning more money and decided to sent Sister Maria's artwork to a publishing firm. They liked her work and immediately started producing postcards. The company produced a book of her work to sell. One purchaser of the book worked at a company owned by Franz Goebel. This employee convinced Goebel to use her drawings to make figurines. It was 1935, at the Leipzig Fair that her work really went public and became very popular. Goebel wanted to produce figurines on a larger scale but needed to convince Mother Augustine of the Convent at Siessen. She gave her approval as long as Hummels name would always be associated with the figurines and portrayed in a good light. Today a percentage of the profits from the Hummel figurines goes to the Convent at Siessen. Sister Maria Innocentia Hummel contracted tuberculosis and died in 1946.

Bio by: Tom Denardo


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  • Originally Created by: Tom Denardo
  • Added: 11 Apr 2005
  • Find A Grave Memorial 10755270
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Berta Hummel (21 May 1909–6 Nov 1946), Find A Grave Memorial no. 10755270, citing Siessen Convent Cemetery, Siessen, Landkreis Biberach, Baden-Württemberg, Germany ; Maintained by Find A Grave .