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Early Parent Death, Failure to Mourn, Creativity and the Art of Edward Munch
Speaker: Jon Shaw, M.D.

February 23 at 8:30 am - 12:00 pm

| $75.00


Freud defined mourning as the reaction to the loss of a loved object or something that stands in place of love object. He described the work of mourning as the conscious re-experiencing of each one of the bits and pieces, memories; and, expectations associated with the lost object, with the recognition that it can never be again. Mourning is the process of decathecting the mental representation of the loss object, so that he or she becomes a treasured memory rather than the object of one’s loving, dependent and aggressive drive derivatives.

Edward Munch, a Norwegian artist, (1863-1944) believed, art should portray an inner emotion or idea as opposed to what you see. His art would graphically portray an evolving and tormented life most evident in his iconic painting, “The Scream” which he painted after walking across a bridge, “when life ripped my soul…(and) I felt a great scream”. We will see how he internalized and wove into his very character structure, a deeply masochistic and depressive angst, that became a beacon of orientation for him. “Life angst has raved inside of me…angst is essential to me…I would not exist without it…without it…I have felt like a ship before strong wind without a rudder”. His angst would become his rudder. Upon his death in a pantheistic reverie he wrote, “My decaying body will grow flowers and I shall be in them”.

Learning Objectives:

  1. To become familiar with the psychological effect of early object loss.
  2. To examine the relationship between mourning and creativity.
  3. To present several artist whose creativity is a re-creation of a once loved and now lost object.


Jon Shaw, M.D., (Ret. Col.U.S. Army) is a supervising and training psychoanalyst. Florida Psychoanalytic Institute, and Professor, Division of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, Miller School of Medicine, University of Miami. He is certified in General Psychiatry, Child an dAdolescent Psychiatry, Adult and Child Psychoanalysis.


  • Members: $75.00 in advance ($85.00 at the door)
  • Students*: $20.00
  • All others: $85.00

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February 23
8:30 am - 12:00 pm
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