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Hans Bellmer
LA POUPÉE
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Hans Bellmer
LA POUPÉE

Details & Cataloguing

Hunters and Gatherers: The Art of Assemblage

New York

Hans Bellmer
1902-1975
LA POUPÉE
ferrotyped gelatin silver photograph, mounted, signed in pink ink on the mount, framed, 1934
11 5/8 by 7 1/2 in. 29.5 by 19.1 cm.
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Provenance

The Collection of André Breton

Calmels Cohen, Paris, André Breton, 15-17 April 2003, Lot 5044

Exhibited

Paris, Musée national d'art moderne / Centre Georges Pompidou, André Breton, la beauté convulsive, April - August 1991

Paris, Musée national d'art moderne / Centre Georges Pompidou, André Breton, la beauté convulsive, March - June 2002

Düsseldorf, K20 Kunstsammlung Nordrhein-Westfalen, Surrealismus 1919-1944, July - November 2002

Berlin, Sammlung Scharf-Gerstenberg, Hans Bellmer / Louise Bourgeois. Double Sexus, April - August 2010; The Hague, Gemeentemuseum Den Haag, September 2010 - January 2011; and Columbus, Wexner Center for the Arts, March - July 2011

Literature

This print:

Minotaure, No. 6, Winter 1935, p. 30

Hans Bellmer / Louise Bourgeois. Double Sexus (Berlin: Sammlung Scharf-Gerstenberg, 2010), p. 43

Other prints of this image:

Hans Bellmer, Die Puppe (Berlin, 1962), unpaginated

William S. Rubin, Dada, Surrealism, and Their Heritage (Museum of Modern Art, 1968), p. 150

Hans Bellmer (Paris: Centre national d'art contemporain, 1971, in conjunction with the exhibition), p. 13

Obliques, 'Bellmer,' special number, 1979, p. 68

Alain Sayag, ed., Hans Bellmer: Photographe (Paris: Centre George Pompidou, 1983), p. 22

Catalogue Note

Although never officially a part of the movement, Hans Bellmer is best known for his affiliation with Surrealism in the 1930s through his photographs of life-sized, surrealistic dolls.  In 1933, Bellmer created his first female puppet-doll, or puppe, posed in the image offered here.  Made of papier-mâché and plaster over wood and metal parts, this puppe could be assembled and re-assembled at Bellmer's whim.  He would photograph this doll, and a second, fleshier version with ball joints, obsessively over the coming years.  For the Surrealists, Bellmer's puppe was the perfect Surrealist object, with its combination of unreal and yet sexualized subject matter. 

Hunters and Gatherers: The Art of Assemblage

New York