August Sander’s ‘Der Bauer’ and the Pervasiveness of the Peasant Tradition

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This article considers the originary portfolio, the ‘Stammappe’, as well as other photographs from the first group ‘Der Bauer’ of August Sander’s project People of the Twentieth Century, placing his work in a much wider context of ‘peasant’ representation in the history of German art. The article will also address some of the important distinctions between the ideological framework of Sander’s photographs and the ideas of National Socialist proponents of racial purity who were also interested in physiognomy, such as the photographer Erna Lendvai-Dircksen.
Original languageEnglish
Article number5
JournalTate Papers
Issue numberSpring 2013
Early online date20 Mar 2013
Publication statusPublished - 2013
Event - Edinburgh, United Kingdom
Duration: 13 May 201113 May 2011


  • August Sander
  • ‘Stammappe’
  • peasant
  • tradition
  • blood and soil
  • Volk
  • physiognomy
  • Erna Lendvai-Dircksen
  • National Socialism
  • photography


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