Authorized, titled, dated and numbered on a certificate
26 x 18 cm
Edition of 150
The photograph originated on the basis of an original silver gelatine print that August Sander made from a glass negative plate (13 x 18 cm). The Cologne-based LUP AG produced this high quality art print.
ABOUT THE WORK
The portrait Architect’s Wife features Dora Lüttgen, in profile. A pose that rarely turns up in Sander’s oeuvre. With her even 1920s bob haircut, pretty plaid dress and scarf with light edging, the young woman posing against rhombus-patterned wallpaper could be representative of a new type of fashion.
As her husband Hans Heinz Lüttgen was not only an architect but also designed fabrics, wallpaper and textiles this may not only have been a personal portrait for Dora and Hans, but also a kind of promotional photograph. August Sander assigned the picture to his work People of the 20th Century, with which he wanted to mirror his day and age in around six hundred photographs divided into seven groups with a total of forty-five thematic portfolios on various professional and social groups.
The Lüttgens were members of the circle of progressive artists in Cologne at the time with whom Sander shared a close friendship and whom he took pictures of on a regular basis.
ABOUT THE PHOTOGRAPHER
August Sander (1867-1964) is famous for the extensive series of portraits from the project Menschen des 20. Jahrhunderts (People of the 20th Century). With this extensive collection, Sander attempted to portray all walks of life in the first half of 20th-century Germany. In December 2006, Foam presented a retrospective of work by August Sander.
Architect’s Wife [Dora Lüttgen], 1926 © Die Photographische Sammlung/SK Stiftung Kultur – August Sander Archiv, Cologne; Pictoright, Amsterdam, 2014.
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