Hans Bellmer

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La Poupe, by Hans Bellmer, currently located at the Centre Georges Pompidou, museum of modern art in Paris, France.

Hans Bellmer (190223 February 1975) was an artist, best known for the life-sized pubescent female dolls he produced in the mid-1930s after the rise to power of the Nazi Party in 1933.

He initiated his doll project to oppose the fascism of the Nazi Party by declaring that he would make no work that would support the German state. Represented by mutated forms and unconventional poses, his dolls were directed specifically at the cult of the perfect body then prominent in Germany. His work was declared degenerate and he fled Germany to France.

His work was welcomed in the Parisian art culture of the time because of the references to female beauty and the sexualization of the youthful form.

Bellmer's 1934 book The Doll (Die Puppe), produced and published privately in Germany, contains ten black-and-white photographs of Bellmer's first doll arranged in a series of tableaux vivants (living pictures).

Bellmer also created erotic drawings and etchings. He is most commonly thought of as a surrealist photographer.

Further reading

  • Sue Taylor. Hans Bellmer: The Anatomy of Anxiety (2002, MIT)
  • Pierre Dourthe. Hans Bellmer: Le Principe de Perversion. (1999, France).
  • Therese Lichtenstein, Behind Closed Doors: The Art of Hans Bellmer, University of California Press, 2001.

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