Hans Bellmer, ‘Au Café’, ca. 1971, Galerie Thomas

image 27,7 x 22,8 cm / 10 7/8 x 9 in. // sheet 65,5 x 50,5 cm / 25 3/4 x 19 7/8 in.;
numbered lower left

Signature: signed lower right

About Hans Bellmer

Hans Bellmer adopted his controversial practice—the creation of provocative, often grotesque sculptures of pubescent female dolls—in the 1930s to rebel against the artistic rules and standards of beauty imposed by the Nazi government. After moving to Berlin in 1923, Bellmer became close with the Dada artists, particularly George Grosz, a politically minded painter who furthered Bellmer’s distrust of government. Fearing that his art would be outlawed by the Nazis as “degenerate”, in 1934 Bellmer sought acceptance abroad with André Breton and the French Surrealists, who embraced his work for its revolutionary nature and libidinous engagement with female youth. In addition to his sculptures, Bellmer produced prints, photographs, and drawings, always dealing with themes of abject sexuality and forbidden desire. Also a writer, he referred to his doll projects as “experimental poetry”.

German, 1902-1975, Katowice, Poland

Group Shows

Hans Bellmer, Sascha Braunig, Matthew Ronay

Fair History on Artsy

Galerie 1900-2000 at SP-Arte 2015
Galerie 1900-2000 at Art Basel in Miami Beach 2014
Ubu Gallery at Frieze Masters