Hans Bellmer, ‘Service Clos’, 1965, Rago

Sight: 12.5" x 17"

Hans Bellmer was a German artist, illustrator, painter, photographer and sculptor active in France. He is known primarily for a series of photographs of a sculptural work that he called "La Poupee" or "The Doll", a female dummy made up of modular limbs and anatomical parts that could be assembled and reassembled in various ways. The Doll served as a form of personal art therapy through which he objectified abusive relationships, explored his fantasies, and projected his desire for women and objects. He was involved with the Dada and Surrealist movements and, after WWII, became well known for explicit, and sometimes pornographic, illustrations that reflect what he felt was a disturbing and disturbed world. --Courtesy of Rago Auctions

Signature: Signed and noted "essai 1st etat"

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