Hans Bellmer (1902-1975); La Poupée Enceinte;

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Lot 62
Hans Bellmer
(1902-1975)
La Poupée Enceinte

Sold for US$ 6,075 inc. premium

Photographs

5 Apr 2019, 14:00 EDT

New York

Hans Bellmer (1902-1975)
La Poupée Enceinte, c. 1937
Gelatin silver print with hand-coloring.
5 3/8 x 5 1/2in (13.7 x 14cm)

Footnotes

  • One of the major figures of the Surrealist movement and an enigmatic character, Hans Bellmer contributed to a number of Surrealist exhibitions and publications such as Cahiers d'Art, and Minotaure.
    Bellmer created his first disjointed and curvaceous wooden doll (la Poupée) in 1933. Four years later, he made a second version, represented in this lot with more malleable and interchangeable limbs. Bellmer could manipulate the doll into a series of fetishistic and erotic positions which he then captured on film, often hand-coloring the resulting prints.
    In this image, Poupée, with her curvaceous belly, assumes the pose of a woman about to give birth. Her lifeless and child-like facial features are concealed, although the floral wallpaper in the background and bow in her hair suggest something grotesquely girlish. As ever, the image is unnerving-we become part of Bellmer's highly-charged and obsessional fantasy world.

    Literature
    Hans Bellmer: Photographie, Filipacchi/ Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris, 1983, p. 82; Krauss et Livingston, L'Amour Fou: Photography and Surrealism, Corcoran Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C., 1985, fig.77, p.88; and Lichtenstein, Behind Closed Doors: The Art of Hans Bellmer, International Center of Photography, New York/ University of California Press, 2001, fig. 39, p. 83
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