Hans Bellmer - Photographs London Friday, October 25, 2019 | Phillips

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  • Provenance

    Serge Plantureux, Paris
    Private Collection, Italy

  • Literature

    C. Bouqueret, Des années folles aux années noires: La Nouvelle vision photographique en France, 1920-1940, Paris: Marval, 1997, pp. 68-69
    A. Roth, et al., The Book of 100 Books: Seminal Photographic Books of the Twentieth Century, New York: PPP Editions, 2001, pp. 88-89
    M. Parr & G. Badger, The Photobook: A History, Volume 1, London: Phaidon, 2004, p. 106

  • Catalogue Essay

    ‘Yes, my dolls were the beginning. Obviously there was a convulsive flavour to them because they reflected my anxiety and unhappiness. To an extent they represented an attempt to reject the horrors of adult life as it was in favour of a return to the wonder of childhood, but the eroticism was all-important, they became an erotic liberation for me.’
    Hans Bellmer


La Poupée

Paris: Editions GLM, 1936. 10 gelatin silver prints, each mounted to thin board, disbound; printed ivory jacket, rose-coloured endpapers and text pages, publisher’s subscription inserts for Les Jeux de la Poupée and associated printed matter. An unnumbered publishers copy.
Each image: 12.1 x 8 cm (4 3/4 x 3 1/8 in.)
Each mount: 16.2 x 12.4 cm (6 3/8 x 4 7/8 in.)

£30,000 - 50,000 ‡♠

Sold for £37,500

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London Auction 25 October 2019