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Robert Sterl

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

Robert Sterl, "Steinbrecher" 1990/10, Robert-Sterl-Haus Naundorf/Struppen© Jürgen Karpinski

Robert Sterl (born June 23rd, 1867 in Großdobritz, died January, 10th, 1932 in Naundorf) is considered an important German Impressionist artist. From 1906 on, he was a professor at the Dresden Art Academy and developed a name for himself with his landscapes, portraits and paintings of quarry workers and music conductors.

From 1919 until his death in 1932, he used a house in Naundorf as a residence and studio. Today, this place is a fascinating museum where works of his estate are managed, organized and certain parts are displayed. In his painting “Quarry Workers” with its dynamic composition, Sterl brings colour and light to full effect in a striking way.

Malerweg Trail - First stage:

These are the places where artists painted:

Liebethaler Grund Gorge: Right at the beginning of the Malerweg trail between the village of Liebethal and the former Lochmühle mill quite a number of pictures of the romantic rocky scenery have been created.

Lohmen: Lohmen Castle, situated on a steep rocky promontory, offered a popular motif to the painters of Romanticism.

Uttewalder Grund Gorge: Depictions of the Uttewalde Rock Gates marked a turnabout in landscape perception at the end of the 18th century. A horror of the elementary forces and menace of nature gave way to a delight in a picturesque romantic notion of growth and decay. Caspar David Friedrich spent days here searching for solitude and making sketches of the scenery.

Town of Wehlen: The idyllic view of the little town on the Elbe has always inspired artists. The Impressionist painter Robert Sterl found countless motifs on the slopes near the Elbe in the historic sandstone quarries still in operation at that time.

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