Hans Bellmer, ‘Forms and Shapes’, 1970, Print, Etching, ArtWise
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Hans Bellmer

Forms and Shapes, 1970

Etching
19 3/4 × 25 3/4 in
50.2 × 65.4 cm
Edition of 100
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Location
Brooklyn
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Signed and numbered out of 100 in pencil by Bellmer. Etching printed on Arches paper. Translated to …

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A-: Near Mint, very light signs of handling
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Hand-signed by artist, Signed and numbered out of 100 in pencil by Bellmer.
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Hans Bellmer
German, 1902–1975
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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”.

Hans Bellmer, ‘Forms and Shapes’, 1970, Print, Etching, ArtWise
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Signed and numbered out of 100 in pencil by Bellmer. Etching printed on Arches paper. Translated to Baroque Underground, 1944. Produced on BFK rives paper. Hand Signed by Bellmer in the lower right bottom of image. Published by Pierre Argillet in 1970.

Medium
Condition
A-: Near Mint, very light signs of handling
Signature
Hand-signed by artist, Signed and numbered out of 100 in pencil by Bellmer.
Certificate of authenticity
Included
Frame
Not included
Hans Bellmer
German, 1902–1975
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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”.

Hans Bellmer

Forms and Shapes, 1970

Etching
19 3/4 × 25 3/4 in
50.2 × 65.4 cm
Edition of 100
.
Sold
Location
Brooklyn
Certificate
Certificate of authenticity
This work includes a certificate of authenticity.
Want to sell a work by this artist? Consign with Artsy.
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