Maudsley Lecture | Picturing Oedipus: Ingres, Bacon, Freud

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Picturing Oedipus: Ingres, Bacon, Freud
6 June
Adele Tutter 
7.00pm - 8.30pm
10 Windsor Walk SE5 8BB or online via Zoom
Chaired by: Anne Patterson & Emma Hotopf  
A reproduction of Ingres’ iconic 1827 painting Oedipus and the Sphinx hung at the foot of Freud’s analytic couch. Depicting the moment at which Oedipus solves the riddle of the Sphinx, the canvas alludes to, and yet eludes the riddle of his own origin, favoring the heroic in lieu of the horrific. An emblem of the Enlightenment tradition that Freud embraced, Ingres’ idealizing image of a triumphant Oedipus—conspicuously absent any traumatic residue—may have supported Freud’s optimistic expectation of cure. In contrast, and in line with contemporary views of the myth of Oedipus, Francis Bacon’s 1983 Oedipus and the Sphinx after Ingres forbids Ingres’ disavowal of horror. Bacon’s personal identification with Oedipus informs his aesthetic interpretation of the myth, which emphasizes not only Oedipus’ trauma, but also as his guilt.
Adele Tutter, M.D., Ph.D.  is Associate Professor of Psychiatry; Director, the Psychoanalytic Studies Program of the Graduate School of Arts and Science; and Faculty, the Center for Psychoanalytic Training and Research, at Columbia University. She is also Faculty, The New York Psychoanalytic Institute. Her interdisciplinary scholarship has earned the American Psychoanalytic Association Menninger, CORST, and Ticho prizes, among others. She is coeditor, with Leon Wurmser, of Grief and its Transcendence: Memory, Identity, and Creativity (Routledge, 2015); editor of The Muse: Psychoanalytic Explorations of Creative Inspiration (Routledge, 2016); and author of Dream House: An Intimate Portrait of the Philip Johnson Glass House (University of Virginia Press, 2016). A long-time member of the editorial boards of The International Journal of Psychoanalysis, Psychoanalytic Quarterly and American Imago, she maintains a private practice in psychoanalysis in Manhattan.
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June 6th, 2022 7:00 PM through  8:30 PM
Online via Zoom
United Kingdom
Event Fee(s)
Standard Online via Zoom £ 25.00
Concession Online via Zoom £ 15.00
Standard In Person £ 25.00
Concession In Person £ 15.00
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Standard Online via Zoom £ 25.00
Concession Online via Zoom £ 15.00
Standard In Person £ 25.00
Concession In Person £ 15.00