Emil Richter Art Salon

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Exhibition by the artist group Brücke in the Emil Richter art salon in June 1909.
Advertisement in the Dresdner Journal of January 2, 1906

The Emil Richter Art Salon was founded in Dresden in 1848 and was located on the 1st floor at Prager Straße 13, which runs from the main train station in the direction of the Altmarkt . The Emil Richter Art Salon, together with the Arnold Gallery, played a key role in shaping cultural life in Dresden. After the turn of the century, both presented the latest trends in the international art scene.

Were shown u. a. Works of French impressionism , as well as exhibitions by German artists such as Max Beckmann , Peter August Böckstiegel , Lyonel Feininger , George Grosz , Paul Klee , Oskar Kokoschka , Käthe Kollwitz , August Macke , Paula Modersohn-Becker , Emil Nolde , the artist group "Die Brücke" and Exhibitions by Pablo Picasso and Vincent van Gogh .


The Emil Richter Art Salon was founded in 1848 by Emil Richter . At the turn of the century it was headed by Hermann Holst and later by the lawyer R. Heinrich Meier. In 1899 Hermann Holst was awarded the title of "Royal Court Art Dealer" by the King of Saxony . From 1904 Hermann Holst was also secretary of the Saxon Art Association .

Holst ran the Emil Richter publishing house with a print shop, in which u. a. the exhibition catalogs of the art salon have been published.

Hermann Holst saw the promotion of young, not yet established artists as an essential task of a gallery owner. In the years 1907 to 1909, works by the artist group “Die Brücke” were shown, which at that time had hardly been noticed by the public. Were also encouraged Spätexpressionisten as Conrad Felix Müller , the 1915 and 1918 a contract signed with the Kunstsalon Emil Richter over the distribution of its graphic work. The Dresden Secession Group in 1919 signed a 1-year contract for the sale of their works through the Richter Art Salon, accompanied by two art exhibitions and the production of both exhibition catalogs.

From 1918 to 1923 Rudolf Probst worked as head of the modern department in the Emil Richter art dealership. Probst organized a series of lectures in the Richter art dealership and guided tours were offered to the exhibitions. In 1923 Rudolf Probst opened his own art dealership for modern painting in Dresden with the Neue Kunst Fides gallery .

From 1910 to 1930 the Emil Richter publishing house exclusively published Käthe Kollwitz's entire graphic production . In 1917 the publishing house u. a. a portfolio with 17 chalk lithographs by Richard Birnstengel .

From 1918 to 1920 the expressionist magazine Neue Blätter for art and poetry was published. The magazine contained u. a. Works of the Dresden Secession 1919.

The Emil Richter Art Salon was closed in 1930 due to economic and political pressure.

Exhibitions (selection)


  • Karin Müller-Kelwing: The Dresden Secession 1932 . Georg Olms Verlag, Hildesheim 2010, ISBN 978-3-487-14397-2 , pp. 46, 55 .
  • Karl-Ludwig Hofmann, Christmut Präger: "Trailblazer into new territory". The art dealer Rudolf Probst . In: From Monet to Mondrian. Modern masterpieces from Dresden's private collections from the first half of the 20th century . Deutscher Kunstverlag, Berlin 2006, ISBN 978-3-422-06631-1 , p. 61-68 .
  • Anne Seidel: Open to the modern age? Galleries in Dresden at the time of the artist group “Die Brücke” . In: Dresdener Kunstblätter . 45th year, no. 5 . State Art Collections, 2001, ISSN  0418-0615 , p. 163-166 .
  • Ruth Negendanck : The gallery Ernst Arnold (1893–1951). Art trade and contemporary history . Publishing house and database for the humanities, Weimar 1998, ISBN 3-932124-37-5 .

Individual evidence

  1. ^ A. Bredius: From the art market . In: Art Chronicle . New series, Volume 10, No. 6 . Seemann, Leipzig 1899, p. 93 ( digitized version ).
  2. Image index of art & architecture
  3. ^ Andrea Hollmann: A joint venture of Expressionism: Dresden - Prague . In: Umení: casopis Ústavu Dejin Umení Academy Ved Ceské Republiky . No. 5 , 1997, ISSN  0049-5123 , pp. 461-476 .

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