August Sander

Inventor and Dadaist [Raoul Hausman], 1929 (1929)

About this artwork

August Sander included this portrait of the artist Raoul Hausmann in the portfolio ‘The Technician and the Inventor’, classified in the group ‘The Skilled Tradesman’, in his wide-ranging photographic project ‘People of the 20th Century’. Sander decided to compile a typology of the German people in the 1920s and continued to add to and edit the work until his death in 1964. He knew Hausmann personally and photographed him repeatedly, including a playful photograph of the artist with his wife and his mistress in the portfolio ‘The Woman’. Here in Berlin, Hausmann is posed before a plain setting, in three-quarter profile. His hands resting on his crossed knees allude to the tradition of 19th century portraiture, while his monocle magnifies his left eye, drawing attention to his serious gaze.

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  • title: Inventor and Dadaist [Raoul Hausman], 1929
  • accession number: AL00042
  • artist: August SanderGerman (1874 - 1964)
  • gallery: In Storage
  • object type: Photograph
  • medium: Embossed paper in frame
  • date created: 1929
  • measurements: 25.80 x 19.30 cm (paper 44.00 x 34.00 cm; mount: 46.00 x 36.00 cm) (framed: 48.20 x 38.20 x 3.20 cm)
  • credit line: ARTIST ROOMS National Galleries of Scotland and Tate. Lent by Anthony d'Offay 2010
  • copyright: © Die Photographische Sammlung/SK Stiftung Kultur - August Sander Archiv, Köln/VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn and DACS, London 2016.
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August Sander

August Sander

Considered one of the finest photographers of the twentieth century, Sander's bold style of portrait photography, as well as his typological approach, has had an enormous influence on modern photography. During his apprenticeship in several German studios and his time in his own studio in Austria, he developed his individual style. Then in 1910 Sander moved to Cologne and produced his first large group of photographs, which he later included in his concept "People of the 20th Century". This was created in the mid-1920s and compiled up until the 1950s. He photographed groups of people in his native Germany, classifying them according to their occupations and positions in society.