August Sander’s ambition to create a photographic documentation of all ‘types’ of German people resulted in the collection ‘The People of the 20th Century’. He hoped to create images that showed their subjects truthfully and that, unified as a series, would mirror their times and social conditions. Sander divided his project into seven groups and the series began with a group he called ‘The Farmer’. In this work from the ‘Portfolio of Archetypes’, a woman is seated on a chair outside, the snow-covered ground receding before a group of trees and a two-storey house. This is the only female portrait taken outside in this portfolio and its composition has a strong vertical emphasis. Closely framed, the figure’s height is further extended by the dark tree-trunk which continues through the picture plane. The scarf she wears lies over her cheeks, elongating her face, and framing its lined skin with woven cloth in a delicate interplay of textures. Sander included another portrait from 1925 with the same name in this portfolio, underlining his intention that these photographs be considered not as individual pieces, but as parts of a unified series.