Cactus Gallery LA
SINCERELY YOURS WITH BEST WISHES ~ SMART (L) and KIND (R) by artist Andrea Bogdan
Acrylic on canvas, Diptych, each 6” x 12” x 3/4"
In the 1930s when the authorities labeled homosexuality as a mental illness and a vice, Freud was telling folks it wasn’t and he signed a public statement to repeal the law that criminalized it. Freud said the law was “an injustice” and “a cruelty”, and he furthermore noted that gay people are often distinguished by especially high intellectual development and ethical culture.
This diptych is called “Sincerely Yours with Best Wishes”, inspired from a famous and thoughtful letter that Freud's advocacy and that he wrote in 1935 to a mother seeking a “cure” for her homosexual son. Each painting in the diptych also has a label -- on the left is "Smart" and on the right is "Kind."