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HANS BELLMER (German, 1902-1975)

"Service clos", 1965; Artist proof with watercolor hand applied by the artist; Signed and noted "essai 1st etat"; Sight: 12 1/2" x 17"; Hans Bellmer was a German artist, illustrator, painter, photographer and sculptor active in France. He is known primarily for a series of photographs of a sculptural work that he called "La Poupee" or "The Doll", a female dummy made up of modular limbs and anatomical parts that could be assembled and reassembled in various ways. The Doll served as a form of personal art therapy through which he objectified abusive relationships, explored his fantasies, and projected his desire for women and objects. He was involved with the Dada and Surrealist movements and, after WWII, became well known for explicit, and sometimes pornographic, illustrations that reflect what he felt was a disturbing and disturbed world.

Estimate: $900 - $1,200

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