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Sigmund Freud: The Patron Saint of the Surrealists

By May 12, 2006

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I was reading an article in the Guardian about Sigmund Freud's art collection and how history has treated him, all fairly interesting stuff. Then a bit jumped out at me, about Freud being claimed as a "patron saint" by the Surrealists: "[Freud] has had a constant resonance since the surrealist movement first claimed him as (in Freud's puzzled words) its 'patron saint' in the 1920s..."

I did a quick search to see if I could find anything more, which led me to this from the Sydney Morning Herald:"Freud adored antiquity and despised modern art in equal measure. Yet Freud was a contemporary to Austrian art's greatest era when Gustav Klimt, Egon Schiele, and Oskar Kokoschka were producing innovative work in Vienna. ... The surrealists insisted that Freud was their patron saint while he regarded them as 'complete fools'." Mmm....

Read More:
Guardian article on Freud's Art Collection
Sydney Morning Herald article on Freud and Art
Profile of Sigmund Freud
Quotes from Freud
Freud's grandson: the painter Lucian Freud

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