Wilhelm von Rümann

Equestrian monument of Kaiser Wilhelm I in Nuremberg, begun by Syrius Eberle

Wilhelm von Rümann (11 November 1850 – 6 February 1906) was a prominent German sculptor, based in Munich.

Nürnberg, Art Nouveau Silver Medal 1905 by Ruemann, reverse. This large medal was given by the city of Nürnberg to the Royalties attending the ceremony of the unveiling of the monument in honour of Kaiser Wilhelm I on 14 December 1905 in Nuremberg.


Rümann was born in Hanover. He studied from 1872 to 1874 at the Academy of Fine Arts, Munich (Akademie der Bildenden Künste München), and from 1880 with Michael Wagmüller.[1] From 1887 he taught at the Academy of Fine Arts, Munich. In 1891 he was raised to the nobility.

As well as numerous funerary monuments in the Alter Südfriedhof (Old South Burial Ground) in Munich, he created sculptures which are still to be seen in the city: monuments for Georg Simon Ohm (1895, in the courtyard of the Technische Universität München), Max von Pettenkofer (1909) and Carl von Effner (1886) at the Maximiliansplatz (now the Lenbachplatz), the Puttenbrunnen (Putti Fountain) at the Peace Monument in the Prinzregentenstraße (originally intended for Schloss Herrenchiemsee) and the marble lions in front of the Feldherrnhalle (1906).

Among his pupils were Bernhard Bleeker, Jakob Hofmann, Moissey Kogan, Martin Scheible and Alois Mayer.

He died in Ajaccio, Corsica, and is buried in the Nordfriedhof ("Northern Cemetery"), Munich.

Works (public monuments)

Bavarian War Memorial, Woerth

Notes and references

  1. Künstlerlexikon des Werdenfelser Landes


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