Auction 1133, Photographie, 31.05.2019, 14:00, Cologne Lot 38

August Sander, Lumpenball

August Sander, Lumpenball, 1928, Auction 1133 Lot 38

August Sander

Herdorf 1876 - 1964 Cologne



Vintage gelatin silver print. 13.9 x 8.8 cm. Photographer's blindstamp lower left. Bordered in black Indian ink. Annotated in an unknown hand in pencil on the verso. - Fold at upper right. Matted.


Estate of Hannes Maria Flach

Sanders Lumpenball photos illustrate the vibrant art scene of the 1920s in Cologne. The photographs show, among others, the then 27-year-old photographer Hannes Maria Flach (in the first row sitting) together with his girlfriend Luise Charlotte "Lotte" Fahrig (to the left) at one of the Cologne Carnival Balls in 1928. Flach moved in the circle of the Cologne progressives, to whom Sander was also closely connected. The promisingly begun career of the young photographer, whose works showed early signs of "Neues Sehen" (New Vision), was brought to an abrupt end by his murder in 1936.

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