Painter Heinrich Hoerle

August Sander (German, 1876–1964)


Sheet/Image: 29.3 x 22.4 cm (11 9/16 x 8 13/16 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Photograph, gelatin silver print

Not On View


Europe, Photography



The german photographer August Sander documented a cross-section of his countrymen between the wars. His systematic accounting of the German people resulted in hundreds of portraits categorized by occupation and social standing. These ultimately comprised his massive book People of the Twentieth Century. This image of his friend Heinrich Hoerle, which emphasizes the painter’s gaunt visage and wary expression, is an unusually close-up view for a photographer who favored full- or half-length poses. Produced with a large-format camera and lengthy exposures, Sander’s direct, unretouched likenesses reflect a deep and nuanced understanding of Weimar culture.


Recto, l.r., blind stamped signature in script: "August Sander". In pencil, verso, u.l.: "h. hoerle". In pencil, center verso: diagram for cropping (?); stamp in purple ink: august sander/lichtbildner/köln-lindenthal/dürenerstr 201./fernruf 42492


Sander Gallery, Washington, D.C.; purchased February 1982.

Credit Line

Sophie M. Friedman Fund


© 2011 Die Photographische Sammlung / SK Stiftung Kultur - August Sander Archiv Köln / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York