Lot 253
  • 253

Hans Bellmer

Estimate
6,000 - 8,000 GBP
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Description

  • Hans Bellmer
  • Old woman
  • signed Bellmer (lower right) and dated 1965 (lower left)
  • pencil and gouache on paper
  • 51 by 32.7cm., 20 by 12⅞in.

Provenance

Acquired by the late owner before 1990

Literature

Constantin Selenski, Les dessins de Hans Bellmer, Paris, 1968, illustrated in colour p. 108
René de Solier, 'Les dessins de Hans Bellmer', in Obliques, Paris, 1979, illustrated p. 185

Condition

Executed on cream wove paper, not laid down, and taped to the window mount along all four edges on the reverse. The sheet is slightly undulating due to the fixing process. There are two indentations on the reverse of the sheet which are visible on the verso. There is a raised line running along the lower edge which refers to the tape which is glued onto the reverse. There is a sketch of a figure on the reverse. Otherwise this work is in overall good condition.
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