Hans Bellmer

La Poupée [The Doll]

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About this artwork

This photograph previously belonged to André Breton, the leader of the surrealist group, who was a great admirer of Bellmer's work. It shows Bellmer's second doll, made in 1935. Bellmer made several dolls, the first one in 1933, all of which had moveable parts that could be put together in many strange and disquieting combinations. Bellmer's photographs of his doll are carefully staged in both interior and exterior settings. They show how photography could further explore the eroticism of the doll and the obsessive desire that led to its creation.

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  • title:
    La Poupée [The Doll]
  • accession number:
    GMA 4681
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  • materials:
    Silver gelatine print
  • date created:
    1933 - 1935
  • measurements:
    27.70 x 25.00 cm
  • credit line:
    Purchased with the assistance of the Patrons of the National Galleries of Scotland 2003
  • copyright:
    © ADAGP, Paris and DACS, London 2018.

Hans Bellmer

Hans Bellmer