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Hans Bellmer: The Anatomy of Anxiety

Hans Bellmer: The Anatomy of Anxiety

Sue Taylor
4.1/5 (55 ratings)
The German-born Surrealist Hans Bellmer , best known for his lifesize pubescent dolls, devoted an artistic lifetime to creating sexualized images of the female body -distorted, dismembered, or menaced in sinister scenarios. In this book Sue Taylor draws on psychoanalytic theory to suggest why Bellmer was so driven by erotomania as well as a desire for revenge, suffering and the safety of the womb. Although he styled himself as the quintessential Oedipal son, an avant-garde artist in perpetual rebellion against a despised father, Taylor contends that his filial attitude was more complex than he could consciously allow. Tracing a repressed homoerotic attachment to his father, castration anxiety, and an unconscious sense of guilt, Taylor proposes that a feminine identification informs all the disquieting aspects of Bellmer's art.
Language
English
Pages
310
Format
Hardcover
Publisher
MIT Press (MA)
Release
December 11, 2000
ISBN
0262201305
ISBN 13
9780262201308

Hans Bellmer: The Anatomy of Anxiety

Sue Taylor
4.1/5 (55 ratings)
The German-born Surrealist Hans Bellmer , best known for his lifesize pubescent dolls, devoted an artistic lifetime to creating sexualized images of the female body -distorted, dismembered, or menaced in sinister scenarios. In this book Sue Taylor draws on psychoanalytic theory to suggest why Bellmer was so driven by erotomania as well as a desire for revenge, suffering and the safety of the womb. Although he styled himself as the quintessential Oedipal son, an avant-garde artist in perpetual rebellion against a despised father, Taylor contends that his filial attitude was more complex than he could consciously allow. Tracing a repressed homoerotic attachment to his father, castration anxiety, and an unconscious sense of guilt, Taylor proposes that a feminine identification informs all the disquieting aspects of Bellmer's art.
Language
English
Pages
310
Format
Hardcover
Publisher
MIT Press (MA)
Release
December 11, 2000
ISBN
0262201305
ISBN 13
9780262201308

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