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The Doll

Artist:
Hans Bellmer (German (born Poland), Katowice 1902–1975 Paris)
Date:
1934–35
Medium:
Gelatin silver print
Dimensions:
29.5 x 19.4 cm (11 5/8 x 7 5/8 in.)
Classification:
Photographs
Credit Line:
Ford Motor Company Collection, Gift of Ford Motor Company and John C. Waddell, 1987
Accession Number:
1987.1100.15
Rights and Reproduction:
© 2017 Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York
Not on view
Bellmer's obsession with dolls-his endless fabrication, reconstitution, and photographic presentation of them-was an effort to construct objects that would articulate his tortured desires in material form. The bizarre, robotic temptress in this negative print has an eerie electric aura. To love her, one would have to have, as the Surrealist poet Pierre Reverdy wrote, a "short circuit in the heart-system."
Inscription: Signed in red ink on original mount, [attached to new mount], recto LR, below print: "Hans Bellmer";
André Breton; [Timothy Baum]; John C. Waddell, March 26, 1982

The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "The New Vision: Photography between the World Wars. The Ford Motor Company Collection at The Metropolitan Museum of Art," September 23, 1989–December 31, 1989.

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Los Angeles County Museum of Art. "The New Vision: Photography between the World Wars. The Ford Motor Company Collection at The Metropolitan Museum of Art," May 10, 1990–July 15, 1990.

High Museum of Art. "The New Vision: Photography between the World Wars. The Ford Motor Company Collection at The Metropolitan Museum of Art," February 5, 1991–April 28, 1991.

Museum of Fine Arts, Boston. "The New Vision: Photography between the World Wars. The Ford Motor Company Collection at The Metropolitan Museum of Art," June 8, 1991–August 4, 1991.

IVAM, Centre Julio Gonzalez, Valencia. "The New Vision, IVAM, Centre Julio Gonzalez, Valencia," January 20, 1995–March 26, 1995.

Culturgest, Lisbon. "The Century of the Body: Photoworks 1900-200," October 6, 1999–December 19, 1999.

Musée de l'Elysée, Lausanne. "The Century of the Body: Photoworks 1900-200," February 3, 2000–April 2, 2000.

Washington, D.C. Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Smithsonian Institution. "Marvelous Objects: Surrealist Sculpture from Paris to New York," October 29, 2015–February 15, 2016.

Hambourg, Maria Morris. The New Vision: Photography between the World Wars, Ford Motor Company Collection at the Metropolitan Museum of Art. New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art, 1989. no. 69.

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Negative date: 1934-5.
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