Hans Bellmer - Editions & Works on Paper New York Thursday, October 22, 2020 | Phillips

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  • Literature

    Editions Denoël pp. 78-87

  • Catalogue Essay

    Including: Dialogue Entre un prêtre et un moribond; Aline et valcour; Les fortunes de la vertu; Les 120 journées de sodome; Notes pour la nouvelle justine; L'Aigle mademoiselle; Idée sur les Romans; Les crimes de L'amour; La philosophie dans le boudoir and Juliette ou les prospéritiés du vice

    Hans Bellmer's depictions of provocative sexuality and subversive desire were created in response to the Nazi government’s official standards of beauty, which labeled artists who did not conform as degenerate. Escaping to France, Bellmer joined the Surrealists. Born in Poland, in 1924 he abandoned his studies and began a typographic apprenticeship at the Malik publishing house. Between 1925 and 1926, he opened a studio for advertising drawings in Berlin and from then on created almost only erotic subjects. He also started making fragmentary mannequins, of which he photographed and is most know for today. Bellmer is regarded as the main exponent of ‘Fantastic Realism’.


Petit traité de morale (A Little Moral Treat)

The complete set of 10 etchings in colors, on Arches paper, with full margins and the sheets folded (as issued), all contained in the original mauve cloth-covered portfolio and mauve slipcase.
15 1/4 x 11 1/2 in. (38.7 x 29.2 cm)
All signed in pencil, copy number '96' on the justification (the edition was 150, there were also 20 in Roman numerals), published by Éditions Georges Visat, Paris.

$2,000 - 3,000 

Sold for $2,394

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New York Auction 21 - 22 October 2020