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Wife of the Cologne Painter Peter Abelen (Gattin des Kölner Malers Peter Abelen)

A work made of gelatin silver print.
© 2018 Die Photographische Sammlung / SK Stiftung Kultur – August Sander Archiv Köln / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York

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  • A work made of gelatin silver print.

Date:

1926

Artist:

August Sander (German, 1876–1964)
possibly printed by Gerd Sander (German, active 20th century)

About this artwork

A professional portraitist based in Cologne, August Sander (German, 1876–1964) had already amassed numerous photographs of farmers and peasants in the surrounding region when he decided in the early 1920s to expand his record and expressly document all classes, occupations, and lifestyles in the nation. This monumental undertaking, to which Sander gave the name People of the Twentieth Century, eventually grew to include more than 600 portraits (and thousands of poses) that formed a “physiognomical time exposure of German man,” in the photographer’s words. Remarkably consistent in their lighting and poses, and hung or reproduced in pairs in Sander’s lifetime, the portraits invite comparative analysis, suggesting limitless types rather than the quite limited typecasting espoused by Nazism, to which Sander grew increasingly opposed.

Status

Currently Off View

Department

Photography and Media

Artist

August Sander

Title

Wife of the Cologne Painter Peter Abelen (Gattin des Kölner Malers Peter Abelen)

Origin

Germany

Date

Made 1926

Medium

Gelatin silver print

Dimensions

35.5 × 25.7 cm

Credit Line

Gift of Robert A. Taub

Reference Number

2012.266

Copyright

© 2018 Die Photographische Sammlung / SK Stiftung Kultur – August Sander Archiv Köln / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York

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