For Josef Hegenbarth, text and image were closely connected. As an illustrator, the visual artist gave literary figures a face. At the same time, he was interested in portraying passers-by from the street throughout his lifetime, inviting them to sit as models in his studio. Around 300 of these drawings are preserved in the Josef-Hegenbarth-Archive, an artistically ambitious bundle of men's, women's and children's portraits created between 1920 and 1962. They document Hegenbarth's ability to spontaneously grasp the personality and mood of his counterpart. Although the biographies of the portrayed people remain in the dark, we can read their faces like a book.