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La Poupée [The Doll]
© ADAGP, Paris and DACS, London 2015

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La Poupée [The Doll] 1933 - 1935

Not on display

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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The state of sexual arousal or the ability to arouse sexual feelings.


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.

Eroticism, Surrealism


  • Acc. No. GMA 4681
  • Medium Silver gelatine print
  • Size 27.70 x 25.00 cm
  • Credit Purchased with the assistance of the Patrons of the National Galleries of Scotland 2003