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.