August Sander

Farming Couple Spinning, 1925-30

About this artwork

‘The Farmer – His Life and Work’ is a portfolio in the group ‘The Farmer’, one of seven groups of August Sander’s documentation of different ‘types’ of German people, ‘People of the 20th Century’, compiled over decades in rural and urban Germany. Sander organised the work of over 500 images according to the living environment, estate and profession of the subjects and in this portfolio sought to represent the familial and social experiences of the farmer. This double-portrait shows a couple at home, at the spinning wheel; the wall’s floral pattern frames the couple, while the spinning wheel whirs in the foreground. Though the title implies that both are engaged in the activity, the image shows the wife engrossed in the work, looking intently through her glasses at the thread in her hand, while her husband sits with his hands in his lap, looking at the lens.

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  • title:
    Farming Couple Spinning, 1925-30
  • accession number:
    AL00023
  • artist:
    August SanderGerman (1874 - 1964)
  • gallery:
  • object type:
  • materials:
    Black and white photograph on paper
  • date created:
    1925 - 1930
  • measurements:
    26.00 x 18.60 cm (paper 44.00 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:
    © Photograph. Samml. / SK Stiftung Kultur - A. Sander Archiv, Köln /VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn and DACS, London 2017.
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August Sander

August Sander