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Hans Bellmer – The Doll


In 1933, Hans Bellmer (1902 – 1975), a German artist working in Berlin with a flair for Surrealism, began building and photographing a near life-size doll of a young girl. In the photographs, Bellmer presented this doll, designed to be dismantled and rebuilt, in varying states of undone, displaying her component parts parsed, the legs, arms, hands, torso, and head all neatly arranged on a palate, or else jumbled together with gauzes, artificial roses, and streams of lace.


The surreal leg images combine the physical interior with the psychic interior while reflecting on Bellmer’s idea of a physical unconscious. The body becomes the place on which identity can be explored in a way that blurs the boundaries between reality and fantasy.

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