Hauptmann was a renowned German playwright and writer, honored with a Nobel prize in 1912. From 1901 till his death in 1946 he lived in the villa "Wiesenstein" in Agnetendorf (today's Jagniątków), designed by Hans Griesebach.
Hauptmann's villa was decorated with numerous works of artists such as Lovis Corinth, Johannes M. Avenarius, Emil Orlik, Wanda Bibrowicz, Carl Ernst Morgenstern and Erich Fuchs. Most of the authors were personal acquaintances of Hauptmann(e.g. Avenarius, whose financial troubles were solved due to a commission he received from Hauptmann to paint frescoes in his villa) and at some point in time created portraits of his. "Wiesenstein" was also frequented by painters Otto Mueller and Hans Fechner. It was adorned by valuable items of medieval art, such as the figures of Virgin Mary and saints exhibited in the main corridor. There was a rich collection of antiquities, including ancient Greek coins which were stored in the library. In the same room there were antique sculptures (e.g. a statue of Aphrodite) and copies of others, including a replica of the famous Charioteer of Delphi. Hauptmann collected old and contemporary prints too, as well as arts and crafts items from various cultures of the world.
Wolfgang Scheffler, Gerhart Hauptmann als Sammler, "Wanderer in Riesengebirge", 11 (1942), p. 72-73
Lovis Corinth: die Gemälde; Werkverzeichnis, Ch. Berend-Corinth (ed.), München 1992
Antje Johanning, Die Sammlungen Gerhart Hauptmann aus dem Besitz Anja Hauptmann, Dresden 2006
- Magdalena Palica