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Inventor and Dadaist [Raoul Hausman], 1929
© Die Photographische Sammlung/SK Stiftung Kultur - August Sander Archiv, Köln/VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn and DACS, London 2015

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Inventor and Dadaist [Raoul Hausman], 1929 1929

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  • Artist Rooms
August Sander included this portrait of the artist Raoul Hausmann in the portfolio ‘The Technician and the Inventor’, classified in the group ‘The Skilled Tradesman’, in his wide-ranging photographic project ‘People of the 20th Century’. Sander decided to compile a typology of the German people in the 1920s and continued to add to and edit the work until his death in 1964. He knew Hausmann personally and photographed him repeatedly, including a playful photograph of the artist with his wife and his mistress in the portfolio ‘The Woman’. Here in Berlin, Hausmann is posed before a plain setting, in three-quarter profile. His hands resting on his crossed knees allude to the tradition of 19th century portraiture, while his monocle magnifies his left eye, drawing attention to his serious gaze.


  • Acc. No. AL00042
  • Medium Black and white photograph on paper
  • Size 25.80 x 19.30 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 ARTIST ROOMS National Galleries of Scotland and Tate. Lent by Anthony d'Offay 2010