Hans Bellmer. Doll. Paris 1936 (cast 1965)

Hans Bellmer

Doll

Paris 1936 (cast 1965)

Medium
Painted aluminum
Dimensions
19 1/8 x 10 5/8 x 14 7/8" (48.5 x 26.9 x 37.6 cm), on bronze base 7 1/2 x 8 x 8" (19 x 20.3 x 20.3 cm)
Credit
The Sidney and Harriet Janis Collection
Object number
579.1967
Copyright
© 2017 Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York / ADAGP, Paris
Department
Painting and Sculpture
This work is not on view.
Hans Bellmer has 26 works  online.
There are 1,556 sculptures online.

In Berlin in the 1930s, Bellmer constructed a series of life-size dolls, which he drew and photographed in various positions and settings, exploiting what he called their "accommodating and limitless docility." This work relates to his second doll, made in 1935 from glue and tissue paper and painted a flesh tone. Its ball joints, which allowed for endless recombinations of its appendages, are emphasized in this drawing by crosshatched modeling in white ink on the black ground. These swollen articulations make the body a tumescent mass; as in Bellmer's sculpture Doll, its order is undermined by the lack of distinct head or feet.

Gallery label from Exquisite Corpses: Drawing and Disfiguration, March 14–July 9, 2012

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