When the Great Mother met the Harlequin: Jung and Neumann on Art, Archetypes and the Spirit of the Times
Dr Martin Liebscher (UCL)
Where Sigmund Freud famously failed to engage seriously and openly with Nietzsche’s Thus spoke Zarathustra, C.G. Jung developed his psychological theory on the basis of a thorough critical engagement with the text and even dedicated a five year long seminar series to its interpretation. But similar to Freud, he often developed a blind eye to his own contemporary literature and art. As Jung’s writings on Joyce’s Ulysses or Picasso’s paintings make evident he tended to reject the symbolic dimension of modernist art and literature and regarded them as products of the spirit of the times. It was a psychologist of the next generation, Erich Neumann, whose adaptation of Jung’s ideas made it possible to apply archetypal theory to modernist art.
This presentation will follow the key differences between Jung’s and Neumann’s understanding of art and literature by looking at their interpretations of main examples of modernism.
Burgh House & Hampstead Museum
New End Square