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Architect's Wife
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© J. Paul Getty Trust

August Sander
German, 1931
Gelatin silver print
11 x 8 1/4 in.
84.XM.126.228

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Ada Riphahn, the wife of Wilhelm Riphahn, who designed the Cologne Opera House, radiates a confidence appropriate to her age and social standing. The plush velvet chair, feathery dog at her side, and shimmering blouse are balanced by the strong lines of the drapery to create a richly textured portrait.