Girl with her Doll in a Chair, c. 1927-30 (1927 - 1930)
About this artwork
This photograph of a little girl standing beside her doll in a doorway captures all the potential comedy in a child’s overly serious expression of intense concentration. The girl’s embroidered dress over a lace-trimmed petticoat and the oversize bow on her head are echoed by the doll’s short tunic dress and the headband in her fashionably short hair. August Sander probably intended to include the picture in his monumental documentary project ‘People of the 20th Century’ that he began compiling in the mid-1920s and left unfinished at his death in 1964. Comprising more than five hundred photographs organised into seven groups and over forty-five portfolios, the project aimed to create a typology of the German people. This portrait resonates with another photograph of a girl with a doll taken around the same time, ‘Girl with a Carriage’ (1927-30).
- title: Girl with her Doll in a Chair, c. 1927-30
- accession number: AL00170
- artist: August SanderGerman (1874 - 1964)
- gallery: In Storage
- object type: Photograph
- materials: Black and white photograph on paper
- date created: 1927 - 1930
- measurements: 25.60 x 19.30 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.
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.