August Sander

The Painter Otto Dix and his Wife Martha, 1925/26 (1925 / 1926)

About this artwork

This double portrait of the painter Otto Dix and his wife Martha was created in Cologne. Its composition derives its force from the dynamic tension between her full frontal face and his profile. Here, Otto looks towards his wife, while she looks forwards directly and confidently into the camera. His placement slightly behind her emphasizes her position as his subject of primary interest. Nonetheless, she leans into him slightly, the white collar of her blouse echoing his pale shirt and her ribbons echoing his bowtie. This double 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’.

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  • title: The Painter Otto Dix and his Wife Martha, 1925/26
  • accession number: AL00143
  • artist: August SanderGerman (1874 - 1964)
  • gallery: In Storage
  • object type: Photograph
  • medium: Embossed paper in frame
  • date created: 1925 / 1926
  • measurements: 20.50 x 24.10 cm (paper 43.90 x 33.80 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.