Gentleman Farmer and Wife, 1924
© Die Photographische Sammlung/SK Stiftung Kultur - August Sander Archiv, Köln/VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn and DACS, London 2014

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Gentleman Farmer and Wife, 1924 1924
  • Artist Rooms
Farming Types’ is a portfolio in the group ‘The Farmer’, one of seven groups of August Sander’s documentation of different ‘types’ of German people, ‘People of the 20th Century’, compiled over five decades in rural and urban Germany. Sander organised the work of over 500 images by the living environment, estate and profession of the subjects and in this portfolio sought to represent the familial and social experiences of the farmer. This photograph, taken in Kriel by Cologne, shows a couple presenting a strikingly different version of the social and familial experience of farming documented in the Westerwald that he documented in the ‘Portfolio of Archetypes’. The title is crucial, because the couple’s modern evening attire and confident stance alone would not reveal their social and professional context. Her dress, though unadorned is cut in the modern fashion, leaving her arms and collarbones bare. They stand in a pebbled driveway and she holds a rose with a daintily extended finger. Clasping his hand with the other, her body slants towards him. They stand turned towards each other with their feet pointing inward, their relationship suggested by their body language. While she makes eye contact with the camera, he looks into the distance.

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  • Acc. No. AL00025
  • Medium Black and white photograph on paper
  • Size 26.00 x 18.30 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