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“A legendary work on eroticism, surrealism, and photography. Apart from the extensive texts by Bellmer it includes a suite of poems by Paul Eluard, 15 colour photographs, 10 in black and white, plus numerous line drawings.
Hans Bellmer (1902-1975) is one of the most illustrious names in the field of erotic art and Surrealism. The Doll comprises a series of photographs that have acquired iconic status and which exemplify the Surrealists’ conception of “convulsive beauty”. They are accompanied by a body of theoretical, poetic and speculative texts written between the 1930s and early 1960s which reveal Bellmer as one whose ideas are a “scandal for reason” (Joë Bousquet). But there is a lot more to Bellmer’s work than is at first apparent and the insights his writing provides into his work is crucial to its understanding, in particular those from the final edition of The Doll which are here translated in full. (The other editions widely available on the net mostly contain only the illustrations.) In these texts Bellmer weaves together a remarkably disparate set of concepts — covering such diverse fields as the body, psychology, anagrams, chance, the laws of optics and mathematics, the fourth dimension, hermaphroditism, the marvellous, intuition — into a theory of eroticism which forms the underlying rationale of his fearsome art.
This English edition is based exactly upon the final edition overseen by Bellmer himself, the texts having been translated for the first time from the final German version rather than the preliminary French versions.”
the complete version of Bellmer’s groundbreaking work now available in English, with poems by Paul Eluard, translated and introduced by Malcolm Green, soft cover, slip case, 19 x 17 cm, 160 pages, ed/1000, Atlas Anti-Classics 14, London 2005