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Peasant Children, Westerwald

A work made of gelatin silver print, printed by the artist's son, gunther sander.
© 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, printed by the artist's son, gunther sander.

Date:

1927/31, printed later

Artist:

August Sander
German, 1876–1964

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.

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Photography and Media

Artist

August Sander

Title

Peasant Children, Westerwald

Origin

Germany

Date

Made 1927–1931

Medium

Gelatin silver print, printed by the artist's son, Gunther Sander

Inscriptions

Blind stamped recto, lower left: "AUG. SANDER / KÖLN / LINDENTHAL"; inscribed recto, on mount, upper left, in graphite: "August Sander / printed by Son / from Gunther Sander [?] / bought Nov 72 / picked by Jan 24 1973 / (2nd) - JHM / 1st children / Farm Children"; verso unchecked

Dimensions

26.7 × 35.7 cm (image/paper); 32.5 × 43.1 cm (mount)

Credit Line

Gift of Helen Harvey Mills

Reference Number

1974.184

Copyright

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

Extended information about this artwork

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