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Christian Schad, Sonja (1928)

In this portrait by Christian Schad (1894-1982), Sonja, a secretary at the Romanischen Café in Berlin, emerges as the archetype of the “New Woman” [neue Frau]. The cosmopolitan café setting and the subject’s cultivated androgyny underscore the notion of urban modernity.

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Christian Schad, <i>Sonja</i> (1928)

Photo: Bildarchiv Preußischer Kulturbesitz / Nationalgalerie, SMB, Verein der Freunde der Nationalgalerie / Jörg P. Anders © 2012 Christian Schad Stiftung Aschaffenburg / ARS, New York / VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn