Adrian Ludwig Richter

Schmilkaer Mühle, Hasse Sammlung NPV

* 28th September 1803 in Dresden, † 19th June 1884 in Loschwitz near Dresden, was one of the most important late-Romantic artists in Germany. He demonstrated his talent as a landscape artist during his early training with his father. Following journeys across France and Italy, he spent a few years teaching at the drawing school belonging to Meissen royal porcelain factory before beginning a teaching post at the Dresden Academy of Art in 1836. He was predominantly known for his numerous illustrations, in which he lovingly depicted the lives of simple people. The copperplate engraving shown here demonstrates Richter's talent for detailed, idyllic portrayals.

TIP: The pictured postcard is a collectable postcard, which can be obtained from all places of accommodation holding the "Wanderfreundlich am Malerweg" certificate on the fifth stage of the Malerweg. 


Malerweg 5th stage: Artists painted at this point on the Malerweg

Arnstein: Centuries ago, the Arnstein was home to a medieval castle known as the »Ottendorfer Raubschloss«. It became a popular motif amongst painters of the 19th century. The Arnstein caves were captured by Adrian Zingg and Ludwig Richter in copperplate.

Kleinstein: The image of Kleinstein Cave was drawn by Ludwig Richter between 1816 and 1818 during his travels through Saxon Switzerland and later released as a copperplate engraving.

Großer Winterberg: As an exposed point in Saxon Switzerland, the Großer Winterberg soon became a popular destination for artists and nature-lovers. The open, unforested landscape can often be seen on historical depictions. A sign that, thanks to early efforts in nature conservation, the landscape has since recovered from the once extensive deforestation in the area.

Pravčická brána (Prebischtor): This rock arch has a perfect dramatic positioning within the landscape and appears to almost have been made for artists. The magic of this natural wonder remains to this day.