Tête de homme signed 'Bellmer' (lower right); dated '1955' (lower left) pencil on paper 12 x 8 1/8in. (30.5 x 20.5cm) Drawn in 1955
PROVENANCE Peter B. Neubauer (acquired circa 1972). By descent from the above to Alexander Neubauer. Acquired from the above by the present owner.
Bellmer learned much about drawing and perspective from his teacher George Grosz in the mid-1920s. Known for his use of erotic imagery throughout much of his oeuvre, some historians attribute the artist's attachement exclusively to controversial subjects as a means of speaking out against facism and the Nazi state. Bellmer's father was a great Nazi supporter, which troubled him throughout his life and ultimately led the artist to leave Germany and his homeland only to be interned at Les Milles, a camp for war deserters. Bellmer would share a cell with Max Ernst there in 1939. (M. Swain, Surrealism in Exile and the Beginning of the New York School, Cambridge, 1997, p. 73.)