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Painter [Marta Hegemann], about 1925
© Die Photographische Sammlung/SK Stiftung Kultur - August Sander Archiv, Köln/VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn and DACS, London 2015

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Painter [Marta Hegemann], about 1925 about 1925

Not on display

  • Artist Rooms
August Sander’s title defines Marta Hegemann by her profession in a close frontal portrait, in contrast with the more distanced double portrait ‘Painter Couple [Marta Hegemann und Anton Räderscheidt]’ (about 1925). Both are included in the third group entitled ‘The Woman’ in his documentary project ‘People of the 20th Century’, which sought to establish a typology of the German people classified according to their professions, estates and living environments. Hegemann’s paintings often featured female figures surrounded by birds and butterflies rendered in simplified forms, expressing their volume rather than their textural detail. Here she has included her motifs in Sander’s portrait of her, painting two birds – one recognizably a dove – a star, a heart, waves (or perhaps the path of the birds’ wings) and a cross on her face, using her skin as an unconventional canvas.


  • Acc. No. AL00055
  • Medium Black and white photograph on paper
  • Size 25.80 x 19.80 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