Robert Longo

The Freud Cycle, 1938 (Portfolio of 9)

Robert Longo

The Freud Cycle, 1938 (Portfolio of 9)

Price: $75,000.00

Framing not included


Pigment Print
Edition Size:
Various Sizes
Signed and numbered

About the Artwork

On June 4, 1938, having paid the “German Reich Escape Tax” and the “Jew Property Tax,” Sigmund Freud left his apartment at 19 Berggasse forever. A few days before his emigration from Vienna to London, photographer Edmund Engelmann courageously and secretively recorded Freud's legendary residence, documenting it in photographs that were eventually published. An old volume of these photographs was presented to artist Robert Longo in 1993, acting as the catalyst and primary source material for the 30 large-size charcoal works that constitute The Freud Drawings.

"The book, with its extraordinary photographs, sat around my studio and eventually insinuated itself into my consciousness, pushing me to take action."

Robert Longo

In Longo's version of Freud's house, light barely penetrates darkness, even through generous windows. The prints are a visual cliche of psychoanalysis as the illumination of the soul's darkness. In Longo's version of Freud's house, the place is deserted, as if its occupants left in haste. In this way the artist draw the attention to the absurdity of the historical events by emphasizing that Freud was working on his psychoanalysis during the time, when Nazis were in Vienna and he had to leave in hast.

About the Artist

Weng Contemporary Longo Signature

Robert Longo (born 1953, in Brooklyn, New York) had a childhood fascination with mass media: movies, television, magazines and comic books, which continue to deeply influence his art. One of the quintessential artists of the 1980s, Longo is perhaps best known for the writhing, dancing figures in his iconic Men in the Cities series.

About the printing Technique

Weng Contemporary Pigment

The term "pigment print" is used generally for any type of printed image that uses strictly pigments. Pigments can be either on a mineral basis or they can be an artificial product. The image stability of pigment printing is superior to that of any other method of printing.