Hans Bellmer Peg-Top c.1937–52

Artwork details

Artist
Hans Bellmer 1902–1975
Title
Peg-Top
La Toupie
Date c.1937–52
Medium Oil paint on canvas
Dimensions Support: 648 x 648 mm
frame: 840 x 840 x 93 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition Purchased 1964
Reference
T00713
Not on display

Display caption

This image relates to a plan for a sculpture, which Bellmer never completed. The peg-top was intended to symbolise a woman turning the heads and hearts of men. Bellmer was interested in ideas of fetishism, drawing out sexual associations between inert objects and the body. His best-known works were a series of constructed dolls. Bellmer joined the French Surrealist group in 1938, having left his native Germany to escape the Nazi regime.

December 2007

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