Emilie Mundt and Marie Luplau
Painters, and feminists,
(and also lesbian adoptive parents.)
Who could have thought Emilie Mundt (1849-1922) and Marie Luplau (1848-1925), two liberal, lesbian, brave, independent and artistic women, I’ve met just recently would be mentioned together with Recep Tayyip Erdogan (born 1954) the 25th elected president of Turkey, recently representing the more intolerant part of Turkish people and his upcoming visit to the Netherlands.
They, of course, have absolutely nothing in common. Recent events prove how courageous, modern and how right the couple was, following their talent, conscience, their heart and nature. Underlining also the tolerance and modernity of Danish (Scandinavian) society and its friendly people now and for over 100 years ago.
But it is also underlining the huge social and cultural differences in Europe even 2013 its peoples and leaders still unable to bridge and overcome them. Chosen president and representing a great people and ancient culture a chief ought to know better then to mingle and interfere in such an unsavory discussion. I'm assured however the majority of modern Turkish people will disapprove of the current fuss and intolerance following current events. The former mayor of Istanbul and intellectual, obviously loves children as is shown in the photograph above and obviously is quite able and capable of raising, with his wife, 5 of his own.
Carla and her mother Marie Luplau, painted by her other mother, Emilie Mundt, around 1894.
Grandfather Daniel Luplau (1818-1909) playing in the background. Grandmother Line (1823-1891) watching from above the piano.
Mundt and Luplau, like the fostering couple in the Netherlands, adopted in 1891(!) and lovingly raised their daughter Carla. Reading and researching about Denmark's liberal and artistic climate in the 19th century, I learned this couple wasn’t even unique in Denmark in the mid-late 19th century. So, separated by a century, Carla a girl from one of the many orphanages in Copenhagen and Yunus, the Turkish boy, who was born to Turkish parents judged incapable of caring or raising him (and his brothers/sisters) appear together in todays posting. There's no picture of Yunus for privacy reasons (which is a good thing considering).
|Emilie, Marie and Carla by Mary Steen, royal photographer. (to the British court also*).|
* Will be explained in next posting