32. Art and the Subconscious

Since the dawning of the age of psychoanalysis we have known that art provides a window on to the subconscious life of its creators. The passionate Romantics with their preoccupation with erotic power and with death, the anguished Expressionists, the Surrealists with their use of 'automatic writing' and dream imagery, the Abstract Expressionists who recorded their emotive outpourings on canvases splattered like the ink-blots of the psychiatrist Rorschach - all these invite us to read in them the patterns of the human psyche.