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Adrian Ludwig Richter

This motif is available free of charge as a collectable postcard at hosts and information points along this 4th stage of the Malerweg trail.

Adrian Ludwig Richter, "Schmilkaer Mühle", Kupferstich, 1823© Sammlung U.u.D. Hasse, Nationalpark Sächsische Schweiz

Born September 28th, 1803 in Dresden and died June 19th, 1884 in Loschwitz near Dresden, Adrian Ludwig Richter belonged to the most important German artists of late Romanticism.

Even under the tutelage of his own father, his talent for landscape drawings already became obvious. After traveling to France and Italy, he worked as a teacher at the Drawing School of the Royal Meissen Porcelain Factory for some years before starting to teach at the Dresden Art Academy.

He became widely popular mostly through his many graphic illustrations that showed life among simple people in an affectionate way. The copper engraving seen here shows his talent for detailed idyllic depictions.

Malerweg trail - 5th stage

These are the places where artists painted:

Arnstein Rock: Centuries ago, there was a medieval rock fort called Ottendorfer Raubschloss (Robbers Castle) on the Arnstein Rock. Its mysterious appeal made it a popular motif among 19th century painters. Adrian Zingg and Ludwig Richter did their part with copper engravings of the Arnstein Rock Cave.

Kleinstein Rock: Ludwig Richter made a drawing of the Kleinstein Rock Cave when he traveled in Saxon Switzerland between 1816 and 1818; later it was published as a copper engraving.

Grosser Winterberg (Great Winterberg Mountain): Because of its exposed position, the Grosser Winterberg became early on one of the most preferred destinations for painters and nature lovers. On historic pictures, a free woodless landscape is often depicted. This is evidence for successful early efforts of nature protection leading to a recovery of the landscape after extensive foresting activities prevailing in the past.

Prebischtor Rock Arch: this natural rock arch is such a perfect theater-like setting that it seems to have been specially arranged for painters. The magic of this natural wonder remains unbroken to this day.

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