August Sander

Painter [Anton Raderscheidt], 1926 (1926)

About this artwork

This portrait of the painter Anton Räderscheidt (1892–1970) is classified in the portfolio ‘The Painter’ from the fifth group entitled 'The Artists' within August Sander’s documentary project ‘People of the 20th Century’. Sander took most of his photographs of artists in his studio. This unusual image shows Räderscheidt standing on the pavement of a street that displays the typical Jugendstil architecture of early 20th century Germany. Time appears to have stopped on this vast deserted avenue. The unnatural emptiness of Räderscheidt’s urban background creates an eerie atmosphere that is accentuated by his piercing stare, captured in sharp focus by Sander’s camera. Like most of the other painters and sculptors Sander photographed, such as Heinrich Hoerle and Otto Freundlich, Räderscheidt was a member of the artists’ collective known as the Cologne Progressives.

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  • title: Painter [Anton Raderscheidt], 1926
  • accession number: AL00125
  • artist: August SanderGerman (1874 - 1964)
  • gallery: In Storage
  • object type: Photograph
  • medium: Embossed paper in frame
  • date created: 1926
  • measurements: 26.00 x 18.80 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.