© Frank Exss

Art along the Malerweg

Exhibitions and display boards along the Malerweg invite you to take a journey through the great art and cultural history of the region. And with a bit of luck, you might meet a contemporary landscape painter at work along the way.

 

Saxon Switzerland and the Painters

What an exciting story!

It starts in the middle of the 18th century with Johann Alexander Thiele, the first important landscape painter to dedicate himself to this rocky scenery. At that time, the Dresden Art Academy was also founded, and soon attracted the best painters to the area.

The strange landscape just out of the city became more and more appreciated as an object of artistic studies. Two Swiss painters, Adrian Zingg and Anton Graff, decide to call the region “Saxon Switzerland”.

At the beginning of the 19th century, a new aesthetic movement began taking hold of Europe: Romanticism. In reaction to the cold rationalism of the Enlightenment, artists were searching for a more emotional, mystical and transcendental approach. And they found it all in abundance in the wilderness of Saxon Switzerland.

Robert Sterl House

Blick auf das Robert-Sterl-Haus© Yvonne Brückner

As the Romantic period neared its end, artists didn’t lose interest in Saxon Switzerland. This becomes quite obvious in Robert Sterl’s place in Naundorf.

The house where this important Impressionist painter lived shows a rotating selection of Sterl’s comprehensive estate, as well as works of contemporary artists.

>> Robert Sterl Haus 

 

 

Studio Gallery "Ansichtssache" Pirna

Galeriewerkstatt Pirna Druckwerkstatt© Claudia Pinkau

As the Romantic period neared its end, artists didn’t lose interest in Saxon Switzerland. This becomes quite obvious in Robert Sterl’s place in Naundorf.

The house where this important Impressionist painter lived shows a rotating selection of Sterl’s comprehensive estate, as well as works of contemporary artists.

>> Galeriewerkstatt Ansichtssache Pirna

 

Artist Anne Kern

Kunstmeile in Wehlen Anne Kern© Marko Förster

Studio Stadt Wehlen. Numerous renowned painters have lived and worked in and around Stadt Wehlen. Anne Kern is a distinguished representative of the contemporary generation of local artists.

She creates and displays her sandstone-inspired works of art in her studio house, Schöne Aussicht 14. Besides individual visits on appointment she also offers plain air painting and drawing classes.

>> Anne Kern

 

Art history display boards

Stele in Königstein© Sebastian Thiel

Since 2012, art history display boards have been put up at several points along the Malerweg Trail in the Elbe Sandstone Mountains.

Artistic works, including paintings, drawings or engravings, are shown and explained at the very point of their creation. This way, a hike on the Malerweg Trail can turn into a cultural experience as well. Each board shows a particularly important artistic interpretation of the respective section of the hiking trail.

Accompanying texts in German, Czech and English provide concise background information.

Historic Canaletto Painting

Pirna Canaletto© Achim Meurer

In Pirna, an encounter of performing and historic visual arts happens once a year! “The Pirna Market Square” is the most famous of the eleven views of this town by the Royal Saxon Court Painter Bernardo Bellotto (Canaletto).

This picture is being re-enacted, as almost all of Pirna’s town centre looks still the same as in the painting’s backdrop. Thus, actors, dogs and horses actually perform a journey through time back to the year 1750.

 

>> Canaletto painting re-enactment

 

 

Historical Artists along the Malerweg

Artist 4. Stage Malerweg

4. Stage of the Malerweg

Johann Carl August Richter

© Sammlung U.u.D. Hasse, Nationalpark Sächsische Schweiz
Artist 5. Stage Malerweg

5. Stage of the Malerweg

Adrian Ludwig Richter

© Sammlung U.u.D. Hasse, Nationalpark Sächsische Schweiz
Artist 6. Stage Malerweg

6. Stage of the Malerweg

Adrian Zingg

© Sammlung U.u.D. Hasse, Nationalpark Sächsische Schweiz
Artist 7. Stage Malerweg

7. Stage of the Malerweg

Johann Alexander Thiele

© Estel/ Klut, Staatliche Kunstsammlung Dresden, Gemäldegalerie Alte Meister
Artist 8. Stage Malerweg

8. Stage of the Malerweg

Bernardo Bellotto (Canaletto)

© Klut, Staatliche Kunstsammlung Dresden, Gemäldegalerie Alte Meister

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