A re-working and, where non-existent, initial creation of a listing of Robert Sterl’s works in the genres of painting, drawing, watercolour and printed graphics is planned. If you own a piece originally created by Robert Hermann Sterl, we kindly ask you to contact us as an aid to documenting the artist’s complete oeuvre.
Catalogue of Paintings
Horst Zimmermann’s catalogue of Robert Sterl’s paintings was published in 1976. Together with Zimmermann, an expert on Sterl’s life and work, we are preparing a comprehensive reworking of the oeuvre listing, including a photographic documentation of all of Sterl’s paintings. Such a re-examination requires studying the original works anew. Only a few of Sterl’s major works are accessible to the general public, making it all the more important that Sterl’s oeuvre not be allowed to slide into obscurity and his place among German Impressionists be secured.
Catalogue of Watercolours and Drawings
As his drawings make particularly evident, Sterl was an incredibly versatile and gifted artist. After his death, his house alone contained almost 200 sketch books and thousands of drawings. He worked in charcoal and chalk, while preferring graphite. Most of his drawings served as studies and sketches for assembling materials and preparing paintings. Yet in addition to such initial renderings, a large selection of unique drawings exists depicting the entire range of Sterl’s artistic subject matter and which, like his watercolours, remains mostly unknown.
Catalogue of Printed Graphics
The catalogue of printed works edited by Heinrich Becker in 1952 and published in Bielefeld listed 105 lithographs and 11 etchings, but did not include all of Sterl’s work in this genre. The planned catalogue will include illustrations giving a more detailed look at the artworks’ artistic quality and providing contextual analysis of their place in Sterl’s overall oeuvre. Sterl was especially productive during his last two journeys to Russia, and his creative drive culminated in the exquisite “Music on the Volga,” a book with texts by Oskar Bie published in 1914.