Art Scholar [Karl With], 1932 (1932)
About this artwork
As the director of the Arts and Crafts Museum in Cologne and a member of the German Association of Craftsmen, Karl With was deeply committed to the reform of the arts and crafts. In this photograph, included in the portfolio entitled ‘The Scholar’ within the group ‘Classes and Professions’ in August Sander’s photographic project ‘People of the 20th Century,’ Sander posed With in front of a desk on which a ceramic container known as an amphora stands (just visible on the left side of the image) alluding to the classical crafts of ancient Greece and Rome. With leans casually on his desk, in a pose that suggests vitality and an imminent interaction with the photographer and, by extension, with the viewer.
- title: Art Scholar [Karl With], 1932
- accession number: AL00059
- artist: August SanderGerman (1874 - 1964)
- gallery: In Storage
- object type: Photograph
- materials: Black and white photograph on paper
- date created: 1932
- measurements: 25.90 x 19.30 cm (paper 43.80 x 33.90 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.
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.