Farm Girls, Westerwald
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Artist:   August Sander
Gunther Sander  
Title:   Farm Girls, Westerwald  
Date:   1928  
Medium:   Gelatin silver print  
Dimensions:   11 15/16 x 9 in. (30.32 x 22.86 cm) (image) 11 15/16 x 9 3/8 in. (30.32 x 23.81 cm) (sheet)  
Credit Line:   The Mr. and Mrs. Harrison R. Johnston Jr. Fund  
Location:   Gallery Not on view  

In 1927, August Sander wrote, "Let me honestly tell the truth about our age and our people." He photographed thousands of everyday people, young and old, in order to show Germany not as a homogenous nation but as diverse as it really was. Sander made portraits of blacksmiths, boxers, businessmen, cooks, doctors, farmers, gypsies, laborers, lawyers, mothers, poets, priests, tramps, and the unemployed, as discrete individuals and in groups. In his aim to catalogue all types of German people, Sander brought us to these young sisters from his native Westerwald. Sander was interested in the now-discredited theory of physiognomy, the relationship between physical and psychological features. From physical appearance to body language to environment, how might these girls be typecast?

Name:   Sander, August  
Role:   Photographer  
Nationality:   German  
Life Dates:   German, 1876 - 1964  
Name:   Sander, Gunther  
Role:   Printer  

Object Description  
Classification:   Photographs  
Physical Description:   August Sander silver-gelatin prints made by Gunther Sander and embossed with the blind stamp of August Sander  
Creation Place:   Europe, Germany, , ,  
Accession #:   77.68.5  
Owner:   The Minneapolis Institute of Arts