Architect’s Wife [Dora Lüttgen], 1926 (1926)
About this artwork
As the title ‘Architect’s Wife’ suggests, even in his group entitled ‘The Woman’ the female subjects pictured in August Sander’s documentary project ‘People of the 20th Century’ are usually defined by their married life. This portrait originated in the same session as ‘The Architect Hans Heinz Lüttgen and his Wife Dora’ (1926). Here Sander posed Dora in the same way, looking out to the left of the image with her face in profile, but rotating her body so that it turns further from the viewer towards the wall. The geometric pattern behind her suggests the pared-down simplicity of the modernist movement of New Functionalism, with which her husband was aligned. The wall’s lightness is balanced by the dark wooden tabletop on which she sits and by her plaid dress. Her slightly-opened mouth, full cheeks and blonde pageboy cut convey an impression of youthful innocence.
- title: Architect’s Wife [Dora Lüttgen], 1926
- accession number: AL00053
- artist: August SanderGerman (1874 - 1964)
- gallery: In Storage
- object type: Photograph
- materials: Black and white photograph on paper
- date created: 1926
- measurements: 25.80 x 19.40 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: © Photograph. Samml. / SK Stiftung Kultur - A. Sander Archiv, Köln /VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn and DACS, London 2016.
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.