Hans Bellmer was a photographer, sculptor, printmaker, painter and writer. His twisted art was declared “degenerate” by the Nazi party and he had to flee Germany to France in 1938. There he met the Surrealists around André Breton and his work was well received.
What is at stake here is a totally new unity of form, meaning and feeling: language-images that cannot simply be thought up or written up. They constitute new, multifaceted objects, resembling polyplanes made of mirrors. As if the illogical was relaxation, as if laughter was permitted while thinking, as if error was a way and chance, a proof of eternity.
Hans Bellmer about his own work