The Drawings of Hans Bellmer



Beautifully produced, scarce hardcover monographic volume dedicated entirely to reproductions of Surrealist visionary Hans Bellmer’s incredible drawings. This is the first English edition, published by Academy Editions, London, in 1972 following the 1968 French edition. With an introduction by Constantin Jelenski. A stunning book.

German artist Hans Bellmer (13 March 1902 – 23 February 1975), was best known for the life-sized pubescent female dolls he produced in the mid-1930s. “Bellmer was born in the city of Kattowitz, then part of the German Empire (now Katowice, Poland). Up until 1926, he’d been working as a draftsman for his own advertising company. He initiated his doll project to oppose the fascism of the Nazi Party by declaring that he would make no work that would support the new German state. Represented by mutated forms and unconventional poses, his dolls were directed specifically at the cult of the perfect body then prominent in Germany. Bellmer was influenced in his choice of art form by reading the published letters of Oskar Kokoschka (Der Fetisch, 1925).”

* Condition: Very Good – (in original dust jacket and protected under plastic wrap, light spotting/tanning to some pages from age) – All care is taken to provide accurate condition details of used books, photos available on request.

The Drawings of Hans Bellmer (1972)
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