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Hans Bellmer [Hardcover]

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The Surrealists' fascination with dolls and machines that resembled humans is especially evident in the work of Hans Bellmer (1902-1975), the subject of this comprehensive monograph. Rejecting the Nazis' Aryan ideals, the artist spent the years after 1933 creating disturbing dolls out of wax, wood, flax, plaster and glue--equipped with wigs and glass eyes. Photographs of these fetishistic simulacra were published in Minotaure, the Surrealists' magazine, and eagerly supported by members of Andre Breton's circle. After immigrating to Paris, Bellmer continued to develop his erotic obsessions through his art, now influenced by the writings of the Marquis de Sade and Georges Bataille, and began to collaborate with his companion, the German artist Unica Zurn. Deeply involved in Freudian discourse, his drawings, lithographs and photographs investigate psychoanalytic theories around hysteria and transference and reveal a singular exploration into the relationship between language and the body.

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Pages   280
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 11.1" Width: 9.29" Height: 1.1"
Weight:   3.7 lbs.
Binding  Hardcover
Release Date   Oct 15, 2006
Publisher   Hatje Cantz Publishers
ISBN  3775717943  
ISBN13  9783775717946  

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most complete bellmer work to date  Oct 10, 2006
The number of reproductions and the quality of the printing in this book is unsurpassed in any other Bellmer book i have seen. I own seven others, which were nearly impossible to track down, and cost me and arm and a leg.... and if this book were out earlier, this one alone may have completed my Hans Bellmer collection.
for me, what really drew me in to getting this book was the number of paintings that are reproduced- this is rarity, as most books focus either exclusively on his drawings or photography.
the range of work represented in this book is astonishing, and makes it a truly comprehensive retrospective of Bellmers life work. there are examples of his early drawings, portraits, and landscapes- which very early on turn to twisted erotic scenes that develop in intricacy and refinement as the book progresses. many paintings and photgraphs are reproduced- the only thing missing seems to be examples of his etchings (which are collected in the book "Graveur"- definitely up there as one of the best).
the complete text of Bellmer's essay "the Doll" is included, as well as some decent essays by art theorists.

if you are a Bellmer fan, this book is a must have. it is a godsend for people who have been so far unable to find books of his work- and as a person who already owns a bunch, i can tell you that it is a unbeatable purchase even if you already have a smattering of his books. this is the only one i have been turning to lately, it has basically trumped the others. get it while you still can!!!

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