The central organizing fantasy of most artists becomes the core of their signature style. For an artist to produce a masterwork such a work must be consonant with the fantasy, whether conscious or unconscious. What usually begins as an unconscious fantasy on the part of the sculptor or painter may become conscious as they develop the theme or formal innovation. The artist’s lifelong preoccupations are amply documented in contemporary sources as well as in subsequent biographical research.
Psychoanalytic Association of New York
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