As the title ‘Architect’s Wife’ suggests, even in his group entitled ‘The Woman’ the female subjects pictured in August Sander’s documentary project ‘People of the 20th Century’ are usually defined by their married life. This portrait originated in the same session as ‘The Architect Hans Heinz Lüttgen and his Wife Dora’ (1926). Here Sander posed Dora in the same way, looking out to the left of the image with her face in profile, but rotating her body so that it turns further from the viewer towards the wall. The geometric pattern behind her suggests the pared-down simplicity of the modernist movement of New Functionalism, with which her husband was aligned. The wall’s lightness is balanced by the dark wooden tabletop on which she sits and by her plaid dress. Her slightly-opened mouth, full cheeks and blonde pageboy cut convey an impression of youthful innocence.