August Sander

Girl with Carriage, c. 1927-30 (about 1927 - 1930)

About this artwork

The young girl depicted here stands confidently on a country lane, one hand clasped around the handle of a miniature carriage in which her doll reclines, wearing an immaculate white dress that much resembles her own. The girl’s garments, necklace and elaborate toy suggest that she comes from a middle-class family. Sander has used a softly focused background of foliage on the trees and ground, in a low tonal range, to frame the two figures in their pale dresses. The photograph almost certainly originated in Sander’s work in the Westerwald region, where he took many of the portraits included in his monumental documentary project ‘People of the 20th Century’. Including more than five hundred photographs divided into seven groups and over forty-five portfolios, the project was conceived in the mid-1920s and left unfinished at Sander’s death in 1964. It is possible that this image was considered for inclusion in the project’s third group ‘The Woman’ alongside ‘Middle-Class Child’ (about 1925).

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  • title: Girl with Carriage, c. 1927-30
  • accession number: AL00169
  • artist: August SanderGerman (1874 - 1964)
  • gallery: In Storage
  • object type: Photograph
  • medium: Embossed paper in frame
  • date created: about 1927 - 1930
  • measurements: 25.70 x 19.00 cm (paper 43.90 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.
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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.