August Sander

The Painter Couple [Marta Hegemann and Anton Raderscheidt], about 1925 (about 1925)

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This standing double portrait sees the two painters pose in front of a pale wall, with Räderscheidt standing slightly behind Hegemann and holding her shoulder proprietorially with his right hand. She clasps her hands at waist level, and looks straight ahead. Both wear formal overcoats, closely buttoned, revealing nothing of their professions. Neither looks at the camera, gazing instead slightly to the right of the photographer. This portrait is from the portfolio entitled ‘The Woman and the Man’, classified in the group ‘The Woman’ in August Sander’s ‘People of the 20th Century’. A further photograph of Marta, declaring her occupation overtly both in its title and in the image, is included in the portfolio ‘The Woman in Intellectual and Practical Occupation' and titled 'Painter (Marta Hegemann)’ (about 1925).

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  • title: The Painter Couple [Marta Hegemann and Anton Raderscheidt], about 1925
  • accession number: AL00045
  • artist: August SanderGerman (1874 - 1964)
  • gallery: In Storage
  • object type: Photograph
  • medium: Embossed paper in frame
  • date created: about 1925
  • measurements: 26.10 x 15.50 cm (paper 43.90 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.