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Secretary at West Germany Radio in Cologne

Photo Credit: Rich Sanders, Des Moines

Secretary at West Germany Radio in Cologne

Artist: August Sander (German, 1876 - 1964)
Date: 1931, printed 1992
Medium: Gelatin silver print
Dimensions:
Board: 17 3/8 × 13 3/8 in. (44.1 × 34 cm.)
Sheet: 10 1/4 × 5 7/8 in. (26 × 14.9 cm.)
Credit Line: Des Moines Art Center Permanent Collections; Purchased with funds from the Rusty Hubbell and Ellen and Jim Hubbell Photography Acquisition Fund and the Peg Buckley Fund for Print Acquisitions, 2019.20
Accession number: 2019.20
Classification: photograph
Label TextThis work is from August Sander's open-ended and ultimately incomplete photography project titled People of the Twentieth Century. His goal was to photograph a cross-section of German society and he divided the series into seven sections: The Farmer, The Skilled Tradesman, Woman, Classes and Professions, The Artists, The City, and The Last People (including the homeless and other disen-franchised people). This painting from the series "Woman," is the image of a secretary--who worked in a radio station--with her bobbed hair and a slouched, androgynous pose, is an example of the way urban, emancipated women dressed and presented themselves in 1920s Germany. Among the first works by the artist to enter the collections. NEWS, Oct|Nov|Dec 2019.
SignedG Sander 92 (verso l,c graphite)
MarksAUG. SANDER KÖLN LINDENTHAL (l,l stamp)
Inscription8/12/92/3/17/7/2 (l,l verso, graphite); NB III/17/19 (l,l verso, graphite); CR 19/ (l,l verso, graphite); © AUGUST SANDER ARCHIVE, ASA#3/17/7012 (numbers written in black ink), Edition 1992 (number 2 written in black ink), Ed.# 8/12 (8 written in black ink) (l,c verso, stamp in black ink); AUGUST SANDER MENSCHEN DES ZWANZIGSTEN JAHRHUNDERTS (August Sander Archive paper label on mount verso); August Sander, Menschen Des 20.Jahrhunderts, ASA 3/17/7012 (numbers written in black ink), Edition 1992 (2 written in black ink), No.: 8/12 (numbers written in black ink), NB [11/17/19(numbers and bracket written in black ink), CTC 191 (numbers written in black ink), © SK-Stiftung Kultur - August Sander Archiv-VG-Bildkunst, Bonn (mount verso, stamp in black ink); LVM 27875 (l,c mount verso, graphite)
Catalogue RaisonnéAperture p. 59; CTC 191; NB III/17/19
Edition8/12
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