Painter [Anton Raderscheidt], 1926
© Die Photographische Sammlung/SK Stiftung Kultur - August Sander Archiv, Köln/VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn and DACS, London 2015

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Painter [Anton Raderscheidt], 1926 1926
  • Artist Rooms
This portrait of the painter Anton Räderscheidt (1892–1970) is classified in the portfolio ‘The Painter’ from the fifth group entitled 'The Artists' within August Sander’s documentary project ‘People of the 20th Century’. Sander took most of his photographs of artists in his studio. This unusual image shows Räderscheidt standing on the pavement of a street that displays the typical Jugendstil architecture of early 20th century Germany. Time appears to have stopped on this vast deserted avenue. The unnatural emptiness of Räderscheidt’s urban background creates an eerie atmosphere that is accentuated by his piercing stare, captured in sharp focus by Sander’s camera. Like most of the other painters and sculptors Sander photographed, such as Heinrich Hoerle and Otto Freundlich, Räderscheidt was a member of the artists’ collective known as the Cologne Progressives.


  • Acc. No. AL00125
  • Medium Black and white photograph on paper
  • Size 26.00 x 18.80 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