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(b Kattowicz, Germany [now Katowice, Poland], 13 Mar. 1902; d Paris, 24 Feb. 1975). Polish-French graphic artist, painter, sculptor, photographer, and writer, all of whose work is explicitly erotic. In 1933 he constructed an articulated plaster figure of a young girl, inspired partly by an infatuation with his 15-year-old cousin Ursula. He photographed his creation in various poses and states of dismemberment (sometimes partly clothed) and published a collection of the photographs as Die Puppe (‘The Doll’) in Karlsruhe in 1934; a French edition, La Poupée, was published in Paris in 1936.

Text Source: The Oxford Dictionary of Art and Artists (Oxford University Press)