Hans Bellmer Hans Bellmer - Biography
The doll is inseparable from the oeuvre of the surrealist Hans Bellmer. The doll, which first appeared in the work of Hans Bellmer in 1933, became a leitmotif in all periods of creation of the German painter, sculptor and graphic artist. Following the principles of Surrealism, the doll serves as a catalyst and medium for dream-like visions, fetish-like sexual fantasy and abysmal depths of the human soul. The doll does not only appear as a real figure, dressed or naked and at times monstrously deformed, it is also staged in photographs by Hans Bellmer. Filigree white drawings of the doll on black priming and tender, dream-like fantastic printworks complete the artistic cosmos. Works by Hans Bellmer have been in the focus of numerous retrospectives, such as in the 'Pinakothek der Moderne' in Munich (2006), and can be found in the world's most renowned museums, among others, the New York Museum of Modern Art.