Unpaginated portfolio including title page, colophon, and ten explicit and detailed etchings inspired by the erotic writings of the Marquis de Sade, most plates approx. 7 7/8" x 5 7/8", each printed on 15" x 11 1/16" sheet, housed in separate blank folder with guard sheet, all signed in pencil by the artist. Contents loose as issued, in wrpps. portfolio, laid into cloth folder and slipcase. N.p. 1961. No. 30 of an edition of 50.
Scarce, complete portfolio of ten erotic etchings created by Bellmer in homage to the Marquis de Sade, an important influence and source for the surrealist artist. The etchings are remarkable examples of Bellmer's obsessive and meticulous graphic treatment of the body -- limbs, vulvas, eyes, breasts, buttocks and phalluses accumulate and are distorted or conflated, bound by Bellmer's sinuous line. These sensuous deformations speak to the uncanny conflagration of desire and horror so characteristic of Bellmer and de Sade's oeuvres. This example notable for the fresh and strong quality of the impressions. Although published anonymously, our research shows that it was published in Paris by Alain Mazo. As of January 2014, OCLC locates only one copy in a German library and none in North America. Book ID: 47737