September 1966

Psychoanalytic Avenues to Art.

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By Robert Waelder, PhD. Price, $4. Pp 122, with 12 illustrations. International Universities Press, Inc., 227 W 13th St, New York 10011, 1965.

Arch Gen Psychiatry. 1966;15(3):332-335. doi:10.1001/archpsyc.1966.01730150108018

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The flourishing output of psychoanalytic publications about works of art and legends of the lives of artists reveals small truly scientific concern with what Jones, like Freud, termed "the mysterious and important problem of sublimation." Consisting almost entirely of psychoanalytical art criticism, it strives more to defend Freud against complaints that his theories neglected "the nobler side of man" than to contribute scientifically ordered truth about the ideal aims which comprise the sapientia that homo sapiens expresses through unzoological interests in art and other humanistic spheres of knowledge.

Waelder's Psychoanalytic Avenues to Art is an expanded version of one of the annual Freud Anniversary Lecture Series sponsored by the New York Psychoanalytic Institute. Intended as a service of the heart offered in praise of Freud, the lecture is a tribute of deep gratitude. Although the title implies that it will conduct us along avenues of original

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