Hans Bellmer AND Death, Desire and the Doll, the Life and Art of Hans Bellmer


Hans Bellmer (with Robert Short) (London, 1985); revised edition, Death, Desire and the Doll, the Life and Art of Hans Bellmer, (London and New York, 2006).

This was the first biography of the artist Hans Bellmer who escaped from Nazi Germany to join the Surrealists in Paris in 1938. The book established Bellmer as a major explorer of eroticism who made an important contribution to the achievements of Surrealism. Peter Webb interviewed Bellmer shortly before his death, and his research included tracing and interviewing many of his friends and relatives. This book was an expansion of the author’s Ph D thesis, and has led to many further publications by art historians and feminist critics as well as contributing to the inspiration for the Bellmer retrospective held at the Centre Pompidou, Paris, the Whitechapel Art Gallery, London, and the Staatliche Graphische Kunst, Munich, in 2006.

 

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