Hans BellmerThe Doll c.1936

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Artist
Hans Bellmer (1902‑1975)
Title
The Doll
La Poupée
Date c.1936
MediumPhotograph, gelatin silver print on paper
Dimensionsimage: 238 x 240 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition Presented by Tate Members 2003
Reference
T11781
Not on display

Summary

The Doll is a hand-coloured black-and-white photograph of a partially dismembered life-size doll sculpture. Partly influenced by Jacques Offenbach’s (1819-1880) final opera The Tales of Hoffmann, in which the hero falls in love with a realistic life-size mechanical doll, Hans Bellmer built his first Doll in 1933-4 and a second in 1935, of which this is a photograph.

Bellmer’s first Doll was an articulated construction of wood, plaster, metal rods, nuts and bolts which represented a young girl. A disquieting sculpture, it embodied a number of qualities of the surrealist object: subversive and erotic, sadistic and fetishistic… (read more)

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