August Sander

Painter [Heinrich Hoerle], 1928 (1928)

About this artwork

This is a portrait of Heinrich Hoerle (1895–1936) who founded the artists’ collective known as the Cologne Progressives with Franz Wilhelm Seiwert. Throughout the 1920s August Sander engaged in an ongoing dialogue on artistic, social and political issues with the Progressives. Like the other artists, he was deeply concerned with the question of how art could communicate the social and political realities of modern society. The organisation of his documentary project ‘People of the 20th Century’ according to thematic series of photographs representing the social types and structures of his time is an approach that was also used by the Progressives. In 1920 Hoerle produced twelve lithographs that he presented under the title of ‘Krüppelmappe’ (Cripple Portfolio). Sander included this photograph in the portfolio ‘The Painter’ from the group ‘The Artists’.

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  • title: Painter [Heinrich Hoerle], 1928
  • accession number: AL00091
  • artist: August SanderGerman (1874 - 1964)
  • gallery: In Storage
  • object type: Photograph
  • medium: Embossed paper in frame
  • date created: 1928
  • measurements: 26.00 x 20.40 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: © 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.