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Federn, P. (1947). Notes. Psychoanal Q., 16:595-597.

(1947). Psychoanalytic Quarterly, 16:595-597


Paul Federn

The frontispiece of this issue is the photograph of a statue of Freud by the Yugoslav sculptor, Olem Nemon. The statue was presented to the NEW YORK PSYCHOANALYTIC SOCIETY AND INSTITUTE, November 12th, 1947, by an anonymous donor who feels that he owes a deep debt of gratitude to the United States and to Freud. Dr. Sandor Lorand presided as chairman of the presentation. Addresses were made by Dr. A. A. Brill—Freud in America—and by Dr. Paul Federn—Freud Amongst Us, His Followers. The statue was unveiled by Dr. Brill in the presence of the sculptor. The story of Freud's statue is related by Dr. Federn as follows:

'Freud did not like to sit as model; with reluctance he yielded to friends and relatives who intensely wished a portrait of him. The excuse for his reluctance was that his photographs were excellent while painting or sculpting took so much time and the outcome was problematic. Twice I introduced to him young painters who showed originality and skill, but while working they became embarrassed and were not able to render the personality. Therefore it was with the hesitance of a diplomat that I once more approached Freud before his seventy-fifth birthday with the very young but already renowned sculptor, Mr. Olem Nemon. After introducing the artist to Freud in the garden of his summer home in Poetzleinsdorf, a suburb of Vienna, he was left alone to show the Professor a collection of photographs of his works. Freud immediately became interested in what Nemon had to say, and liked the originality of his work as well as the man himself.

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