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.