8 Artists Transforming Abandoned Dolls into Surreal Art

Melissa Breyer
Living / Culture
January 4, 2013

Hans Bellmer

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Doll parts

credit: Hans Bellmer/YouTube

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The granddaddy of doll parts art, German-born surrealist Hans Bellmer (1902--1975) used old mannequin segments to create his dolls whose provocative eroticism struck a blow against the tyranny and authority that was unfolding in Germany during the 1930s. Few of his successors have achieved such haunting effects. See more of his work in this video.

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