The Freud Museum

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5 April 2011

Illustrated Talk - Oscar Nemon: My Father and Freud


The Freud Museum London, in association with the British Croatian Society, are delighted to host an illustrated talk by Lady Aurelia Young on her father, the sculptor Oscar Nemon, his early life in Croatia, his work with Sigmund Freud and the friendship between the two men, and his portraits of other analysts, such as Ernest Jones and Donald Winnicott.

Born in Croatia in 1906, sculptor Oscar Nemon came to England as a refugee in 1938 after living and working in Vienna and Brussels during the 1920s and 1930s. In Vienna he sculpted Sigmund Freud from life. Nemon quickly established a reputation in Britain. Working from a studio outside Oxford for forty years, amongst his many sitters were Winston Churchill, Eisenhower, Lord Montgomery and Queen Elizabeth II.

Nemon believed that the vocations of the portrait sculptor and analyst were closely allied. In his portraits of Freud and other analysts, he sought to create studies which are informed by, but travel beyond, the sitter’s published works and public personae to challenge the viewer to see them in a new light.

Freud commented in his diary of the initial 1931 Nemon portrait: “The head, which the gaunt, goatee-bearded artist has fashioned from the dirt – like the good Lord – is very good and an astonishingly life-like impression of me”.

A seated statue of Freud by Oscar Nemon is now in a prominent position on Fitzjohn’s Avenue outside the Tavistock Clinic.

Busts of Sigmund Freud by Oscar Nemon can be purchased in the Museum shop or online.


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