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Pastor’s Wife, about 1920
© Die Photographische Sammlung/SK Stiftung Kultur - August Sander Archiv, Köln/VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn and DACS, London 2015

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Pastor’s Wife, about 1920 about 1920

Not on display

  • Artist Rooms
The portfolio entitled ‘The Clergyman’ from the group ‘Classes and Professions’ in August Sander’s major project ‘The People of the 20th Century’ comprises not only portraits of clergy from both denominations, but photographs of members of the Protestant clergyman’s families, such as this pastor’s wife. Though the wide-ranging work includes photographs from the 1910s, Sander conceived of his ambition to record a representative typology of the German people, categorised by their estates, professions and environments, in the 1920s and included many photographs taken prior to its conception. Here the pastor’s wife is dressed simply sits in front of a grey background on a highly polished wooden chair. As befits her station, her pose is upright, and her right hand is held decorously in her left. Her direct gaze and serene smile evoke a life-time of piety and spiritual grace.


  • Acc. No. AL00073
  • Medium Black and white photograph on paper
  • Size 25.80 x 19.80 cm (paper 43.80 x 33.80 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