Window etching of garden nymph, Berggassse 19

Window etching of garden nymph, Berggassse 19

Berggasse 19 is a graceful, elegant example of Biedermeyer style – the mid-19th century bourgeois decorated style that preceded the more avant garde (for the time) and austere “Jugendstil” (somewhat analogous to Art Nouveau.) The building itself was built around 1889-91, and is graced by a number of beautiful etched glass windows on every stair landing. The most beautiful is on the ground floor, in the doors from the carriage entrance to the courtyard – a pair of garden nymphs. As Peter Gay has aptly written, Freud was an interesting paradox as a man whose work was often revolutionary and shocking to the sensibilities of his time (and beyond), yet at home he was a bourgeois gentleman who was comfortable being cared for by his wife, sister-in-law, daughter, and cook – dining on boiled beef, and showing little interest in avant garde art or music.

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Christiane Brooks Johnson Professor of Psychology and Religion, Union Theological Seminary, New York NY
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