August Sander

Three Brothers, c.1919 (about 1919)

About this artwork

This image is one of many photographs that August Sander took in Germany’s rural Westerwald region and included in his monumental documentary project ‘People of the 20th Century’. Conceived in the mid-1920s, the project was left unfinished at his death in 1964. The three boys pictured here may have been included in the group ‘The Farmer’ at one point, alongside such photographs as ‘Farm Children’ (about 1913) and ‘Farmer’s Child’ (1919). Standing in a garden before a half-timbered house, the two older boys hold their younger brother’s hands and strike the serious attitudes of adult men. Their sombre suits and Sunday hats suggest that they have dressed formally for the occasion, while their little brother poses more naturally under his jauntily perched military cap.

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  • title: Three Brothers, c.1919
  • accession number: AL00168
  • artist: August SanderGerman (1874 - 1964)
  • gallery: In Storage
  • object type: Photograph
  • medium: Embossed paper in frame
  • date created: about 1919
  • measurements: 25.70 x 19.10 cm (paper 43.90 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.