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.