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"Bookcase in Study Room" comes from “The Freud Cycle” which is based on the photographs by Edmund Engleman of Sigmund Freud’s consultation room and adjacent apartment in Vienna, Austria, during May of 1938. A catalog of the photographs, titled "Bergasse 19", was was given to Longo by his friend Harry Jancovici. The images from the catalogue inspired Longo for his next work, which became, as he states, “a psychoanalysis of Freud’s apartment." In Longo's version of Freud's house, light barely penetrates darkness, even through generous windows. The artist got absorbed by the black and white aesthetics of the images. "Bookcase in Study Room" is one of the results of his contemplation. This monochromatic iris print presents the eery atmosphere of the apartment, captivating by its sinister solitude.

“ One was ..... what Freud was doing in his apartment, the other was what the Nazis were doing in the streets outside his door at the same time. „

Robert Longo