Hans Bellmer - Photographs London Friday, September 25, 2020 | Phillips
  • Provenance

    Estate of the artist
    Ubu Gallery, New York, 2006

  • Literature

    Hans Bellmer: Photographe, Paris: Centre Georges Pompidou, 1983, pp. 72, 97, 100
    T. Lichtenstein, Behind Closed Doors: The Art of Hans Bellmer, New York: ICP, 2001, pl. 48
    Hans Bellmer: Petites Anatomies, Petites Images, New York: Ubu Gallery, 2006, pl. 8-9
    Hans Bellmer, Louise Bourgeois Double Sexus, Berlin: Nationalgalerie, 2010, p. 136

  • Catalogue Essay

    The three images by Hans Bellmer, offered here, were considered for inclusion in Les Jeux de la poupée (1949) but were never part of the final publication. They show his second doll series, crafted using ball joints for greater flexibility, which he shot from 1935 to 1938. These small contact prints were principally used as work prints and to make the interim volumes between Die Puppe (1934)/La Poupée (1936) and Les Jeux de la poupée; sometimes called La Poupée 2, these volumes without text of probably less than 10 copies were made in late 1936/early 1937 and were mostly given to friends.

    Early contact prints of La Poupée that are unbound and loose are extremely rare. Apart from three known examples per image, it is unlikely that many more exist.


La Poupée

Three gelatin silver prints.
Each 5.7 x 5.7 cm (2 1/4 x 2 1/4 in.)

£25,000 - 35,000 

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London Auction 25 September 2020