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Engaged Farming Couple, 1911-1914
© Die Photographische Sammlung/SK Stiftung Kultur - August Sander Archiv, Köln/VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn and DACS, London 2015

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Engaged Farming Couple, 1911-1914 1911 - 1914

Not on display

  • Artist Rooms
August Sander divided his photographic documentation of all ‘types’ of German people, ‘People of the 20th Century’, into seven groups and more than 45 portfolios. This photograph from the group 'The Farmer' is included in the portfolio ‘The Young Farmer’, which illustrates the younger generation of the Westerwald region’s population. As the title suggests, this image was probably commissioned to commemorate the occasion of the couple’s engagement. Standing in a garden before a wooden structure, the solemn bride and groom are beautifully attired. The shape of the bride’s delicate tiara is echoed in her ruffled lace collar and brooch, while the floral theme is reiterated in his boutonniere. Their hands, aligned almost level across their midsections, display shiny rings signifying their new social status. A slight extension of the groom’s left leg breaks the static nature of the composition and is a literal suggestion of the next step in their life.


  • Acc. No. AL00139
  • Medium Black and white photograph on paper
  • Size 25.90 x 18.80 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 ARTIST ROOMS National Galleries of Scotland and Tate. Lent by Anthony d'Offay 2010