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Inventor [the dadaist Raoul Hausmann] (Erfinder [Der Dadaist Raoul Hausmann]) 
1929 
  
Gelatin silver print 
23 17.8 cm (9 1/16 7 in.) 
  
J. Paul Getty Museum 
© J. Paul Getty Trust, Object Number: 84.XM.126.154 
  
 
LL/116441 
  
(Curatorial description, 15 December 2021)
Sander placed this portrait of Raoul Hausmann (German, 1886-1971) in his portfolio of technicians and inventors to conclude the section on skilled tradesmen in People of the Twentieth Century. Hausmann was the cofounder of Dada in Berlin, an art movement based on deliberate irrationality and the rejection of tradition. Sander might also have chosen to place Hausmann in the section on artists, but the categories he created--architect, sculptor, painter--did not accommodate the inventiveness of Hausmann's work: photo collage, sound poems, and other forms of expression that embraced new technologies. 
 

 
  
 
  
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