Johann Carl August Richter

Johann Carl August Richter

* 29th March 1785 in Dresden, † 1853 in Dresden, was a landscape artist and architectural draughtsman, painter, etcher, copperplate engraver and lithograph. His images were mainly inspired by places in Saxony; most of his vedutas featured views of Dresden and the nearby region. Richter himself only sketched or etched the contour lines; he gave instructions to specialised helpers (mostly students from the Dresden Academy of Art or Meißen porcelain painters) to paint a fine watercolour layer over the top. The differences in this watercolour layer meant that every sheet represented a unique piece. The colour views were intended, above all else, as souvenirs for visitors.

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 fourth stage of the Malerweg. 

Malerweg 4th stage: Artists painted at this point on the Malerweg

Kirnitzschtal: Wild rock formations alternate with charming valleys and meadows in Kirnitzschtal. Several mills invited travellers to pause and take a break and were increasingly turned into comely guesthouses.

Schrammsteine: The Schrammsteine are often considered to be the centrepiece of Saxon Switzerland. It appears as though 200 years ago people still had great respect for the hard-to-access wildness of their surroundings, as there are comparably few depictions of this rock formation.

Lichtenhain Waterfall: Since 1830, a wind-up dam has been in place on this brook so that a powerful waterfall gushes forth into the depths when the weir is opened. Those who were able, were carried from here to the Kuhstall Cave by pack animals or on a sedan chair.

Kuhstallhöhle: In the formidable cave of bedded rock called the Kuhstall, painters found a natural phenomenon with a great emotional affect on people.