Franziska was born in Basle to a businessman father in an artistic family where her brother
was the painter, Niklaus Stoecklin. She moved to Germany in 1914 where she became a student
of art. She married at an early age and became a painter and author living in Munich,
Frankfurt and Berlin but she parted from her husband and moved to Tessin, where she was
encouraged by Rilke.
Her poetry addressed themes of Dreams, Love, Death and Nature and were first published in
newspapers and magazines but assumed book form in 1920 in "Gedichte", mainly addressing
themes of Love in a passionate style, and, in 1925, "Die Singende Muschel", in which
themes of Death tended to predominate and be addressed in a more direct style. She tended
to avoid rhyme and to choose an almost surreal and stylised mode of expression.
She died at age 36 in Basle having fallen into mental decline.