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Robert Sterl House Naundorf

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Exhibition about the artist Robert Sterl (open May-October)

Throughout Germany, the Robert Sterl House is one of the few original artists' residences that have been preserved. In 1919, Professor Robert Sterl and his wife Helene bought the house in Naundorf No. 40 and moved from Dresden to Saxon Switzerland. Sterl immediately had a studio wing added. Conveniently located near the railway station, the famous painter could travel comfortably by train from Stadt Wehlen to Dresden every day, where he continued to teach at the art academy. When Robert Sterl acquired the house, it offered an unobstructed view of the Elbe valley and Stadt Wehlen. Within eight decades, the hillside turned into dense forest. Since 1998, careful attempts have been made to restore something of the original character of a garden in the area close to the house. Since 1999, after a partial renovation, the interior of the house has once again shone in Sterl's colour scheme.

Robert Sterl wrote countless letters to his wife Helene from his travels. They are the most important source for biographical research, as Sterl did not keep a diary. Sterl also corresponded with many artists, art historians and other important personalities, letters from whom are preserved in our archive. For example, letters by Albiker, Bantzer and Corinth, as well as Lehrs and Posse, are in our archive, which is accessible for scientific research purposes. Part of Sterl's autograph estate is now kept in the Foundation Archive of the Academy of Arts in Berlin.

It is very rare that a complete artist's library of the early 20th century has been preserved. In addition to numerous art magazines and important exhibition catalogues, there are also works on contemporary art and art history. Sterl's pronounced interest in Russia is present in editions of works by Maxim Gorky and Fyodor Dostoyevsky. The collection also includes bibliophile editions - such as the "Book of Judith" with lithographs by Corinth or the edition of Elsa Asenijeff's "Epithalamia" with Klinger drawings and, of course, the "Music on the Volga" by Oskar Bie lithographed by Sterl.

Artistic Bequest and Artistic Gifts
One of our most important tasks is the preservation and care as well as the scientific processing of Robert Sterl's artistic work. To date, 235 paintings, of which about 100 are on permanent display, more than 2600 hand drawings, 200 sketchbooks and an extensive body of prints have been preserved in our archive. In thematic special exhibitions, graphic art is presented as a priority. At the same time, the graphic oeuvre is made accessible as a study collection for scientific and art educational purposes. Gifts from artists are also part of the collection - including those from Sterl's students such as Robert Liebknecht - and a portfolio from the Dresden Artists' Association on Sterl's 60th birthday in 1927.

Guest Card
With the Saxon Switzerland Guest Card you receive a €1 discount on the admission price.

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Robert Sterl House Naundorf
Robert-Sterl-Straße 30
01796 Struppen

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Phone: +49 35020 70216
Fax: +49 35020 70218

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