Oeillades ciselëes en branche [Glances cut from the branch]
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Oeillades ciselëes en branche [Glances cut from the branch] 1939
Hugnet and Bellmer became close friends after Bellmer’s move to Paris in the late 1930s and 'Œillades ciselés en branche' is evidence of the sympathy and understanding between them. This pocket-sized book is a perfect example of the artist’s book, surrealist-style. Text and image are designed to reinforce each other, creating a fantasy-world of extraordinary intensity. The book contains Hugnet’s prose poem in praise of adolescent girls, inspired by Bellmer's famous articulated Poupée (doll). The text is complemented by twenty-four exquisite Bellmer drawings. ‘Oeillades’ was dedicated to the women both men loved. This de-luxe copy was Hugnet’s own. He had a special leather box made lined inside with dried violet petals arranged under a white silk mesh.

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A literary and artistic movement founded by the poet André Breton in 1924. Many of the associated artists, such as Max Ernst and Jean Arp, had previously been involved with Dadaism. The movement sought to challenge conventions through the exploration of the subconscious mind, invoking the power of dreams and elements of chance. Cultural hierarchies were challenged by the combination of diverse elements in collages and sculptural assemblages. The movement is also notable for the collaborations between artists and writers evident in the Surrealists' many publications.



  • Acc. No. GMA A42/2/GKL0461
  • Medium Book. Publication place: Paris. Publisher: Éditions Jeanne Bucher. Publication date: 1939. Edition: hors commerce copy among first 30 printed on perfumed azure paper of an edition of 231.
  • Size 13.50 x 9.50 x 0.80 cm
  • Credit Bequeathed by Gabrielle Keiller 1995