Malerin (Marta Hegemann), 1925
Museum Ludwig, Köln
© VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn 2021
Foto: Rheinisches Bildarchiv Köln
How August Sander Photographed the Painter Marta Hegemann (and Her Children’s Room!)
A presentation for children
Presentation in the Photography Room
How proud and fierce she looks in August Sander’s photo! The woman we see here is the painter Marta Hegemann, who used to be a teacher. Her blouse and necklace look tousled, and she has all sorts of symbols painted on her face. When Marta Hegemann painted two murals for a children’s room three years later, it was again August Sander who documented her work and the result with his camera.
The paintings were shown in 1929 in the exhibition Raum und Wandbild at the Kölnischer Kunstverein. Unfortunately, they have since been lost. Thanks to Sander’s photos, we know what they looked like—at least in black and white—and can try to recreate the children’s room. In this presentation for children, we use photographs to learn about an unconventional woman who also painted for children.