Les Artistes

“Sans eux pas de collections d'art.
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R, Tal
"Obsession" january - march 2015 

Born in Israel in 1967, he lives and works in Copenhagen.

Tal R’s painting style has been described as « kolbojnik » (left-overs, Hebrew). « I do painting a bit like people make a lunch box, » Tal R explains, « I constantly have this hot-pot boiling and I throw all kinds of material into it. » With their flamboyant colors and exuberantly painted imagery, Tal R's paintings give the impression of being simple, almost turning high art into child's play. While they are certainly direct, with paint often squeezed straight from the tube, his canvases, that often literally collage together, in fact wear their sophistication and intelligence lightly.



 
Raat, Thomas
"Red" september - december 2012

Born in 1979 in The Netherlands. Lives and works in Amsterdam.

Thomas Raat draws inspiration for his work from art history. Assuming that new art is almost impossible to produce, he manipulates the content of images created in the past and invests them with new meanings. He uses pieces of coloured plastic like pixels combined together into an image, which, paradoxically, closely resembles the cracking of a painting aged with time. His work explores the field within art is created; from the artist’s motivation to the way the public receives it. Raat’s recent creations oversee the dissemination and dullness of the imagery of modernist art. Using an idiosyncratic combination of imitation, citation, and pastiche, he has succeeded to create 'modernistic' images that seem authentic but which, in reality, are spin-offs of existing pieces.

 

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Rabbia, Luisa
"Resonance(s)" april - june 2014 

Born in 1970 in Italy. Lives and works in New York.

Focused on the connections between people and nature, Luisa Rabbia’s purpose is to capture the essence of the human being. Her artistic practice is rooted in drawing, but extends from works on paper to installation, video, and papier-mâché sculptures that are often combined with natural materials like wood and stone. She uses symbolic forms to explore moments of the human life, as the pregnancy or the loss of a beloved one.

 

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Rainer, Arnulf
"Obsession" january - march 2015,
"Inner Journeys" april - june 2013


Born in Austira in 1929, he lives and works in Vienna.

Painter Arnulf Rainer is mostly known for the series Übermalingen (Overpaintings), which he began in 1952. In these works, Rainer painted over his own creations, but also over other artists’ pieces: first on reproductions, then on paintings artists gave him for that purpose. Later in his career, he went further in this process to paint over his own pictures. One of his main interests lies in psychiatry and the expressions of insanity; he himself underwent scientific experiences to determine the impact of drugs on his art. Because of this interest, Rainer’s art is often related to the Art Brut movement as well as abstract informal art.


 


 
Ramos, Mel
"Sex, Money and Power" january - march 2013

Born in 1935 in the USA. Lives and works between Oakland and Horta de San Juan (Spain).

Mel Ramos, one of the most significant figures of Pop art, borrows in his works motifs from the mass media and commercial advertisements. He became best known for his paintings of voluptuous naked women – wrapped around giant Coca-Cola bottles, popping out of candy wrappers or lounging on fresh fruit – drawing upon the imagery of the pin-up magazines from the 1950’s and 1960’s. With these provocative female figures associated to products, Ramos parodies the glamour of the advertising industry, which attempts to influence consumers’ behavior. Irony is a constant in his work, as he exposes the advertising industry’s strategies by exhibiting them as visual quotations. Comic strips have also had an important influence in his career and Ramos immortalized heroes such as Batman and Wonder Woman in his paintings.

 

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Rankin
"Femininity 0.1" september - december 2011, "Origin(s)" may - june 2011

 Born in 1966 in Scotland. Lives and works in London.

Synonymous with dynamic and intimate portraiture, John Rankin Waddell, best known as Rankin, has shot everyone from royalty to refugees. His powerful images are part of contemporary iconography and mix a cross section of his own personal interests with commercial campaigns. Rankin first came to prominence when he co-founded Dazed & Confused with Jefferson Hack. The magazine established its stylists in the fashion elite, broke some of today’s top designers and nurtured the budding careers of a generation of creative photographers.

 

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Rauch, Neo
"Obsession" january - march 2015 

Born in Germany in 1960, he lives and works in Germany.

Neo Rauch, along with Georg Baselitz and Gerhard Richter, is one of the most important German figurative painters today. Neo Rauch’s paintings mine the intersection of his personal history with the politics of industrial alienation. They are characterized by a unique combination of realism and surrealist abstraction. In many of his compositions, human figures engage in manual labor or indeterminable tasks against backdrops of mundane architecture, industrial settings, or bizarre and often barren landscapes.



 
Raynaud, Jean Pierre
"Pair(s)" september - december 2015,
"Red" september - december 2012


Born in France in 1939, he lives and works in La Garenne-Colombes.

Jean Pierre Raynaud performed his first artistic act by filling a flowerpot with cement. The oversized and colorful flowerpot has, since then, become a recurring theme in his work. Raynaud pulls familiar objects out of their usual context – signage panels, flags and painted cans among others – to give them a new dimension. Over the years, the use of white tiles has become his signature. In 1696, he started the construction of his own house which was completely covered, on the inside, with the same white tiles. The construction of the house took 24 years, after which it was destroyed by the artist himself.

 

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Raza, Syed Haider
 "Pair(s)" september - december 2015

Born in India in 1922, he lives and works in Paris.


Indian painter Syed Haider Raza started his career as an expressionist painter before moving to abstraction. His colorful, abstract paintings feature various elements from Indian cosmology and philosophy. Many of his paintings thus feature a Bindu, a dark, circular point which, according to Raza, is “the fountainhead of both energy and creativity (…) Bindu is the center of my life.” Other recurring elements are the Tribhuj (triangle) and other forms symbolizing prakriti-purusha (male and female energy). Furthermore, Raza is famous for creating the Bombay Progressive Artists’ Group with fellow Indian artists to promote Indian art that finds inspiration in Indian visions and values, free from European (and, more generally, Western) influence.

 

 
Rees, Dan
 "Inner Journeys" april - june 2013

Born in 1982 in Wales. Lives and works in Berlin.

Painter and sculptor Dan Rees approaches the reproduction process as an artistic medium in itself. His first works were full of references to conceptual art practices, accessible to those used to identify and interpret art history citations, but a little hermetic to the general public. Recently, Rees allusions moved towards more popular references, questioning our conventional notions of taste and everyday culture. His works show some irreverence and a certain dose of humor.

 


 
Rehberger, Tobias
"La Gioia" october - december 2014 

Born in 1966 in Germany. Lives and works in Frankfurt and Berlin.

Tobias Rehberger works across different media, creating pieces that reflect his interest in mass culture. He creates total environments, which aim at subverting the familiar – our perception of objects and their function – in order to reactivate our attention. Rehberger transfers to the field of art issues typical of design like functionality and added value, at the same time he questions notions of authorship and creative genius. He is interested in discussing what actually is a work of art, and how much of it is conditioned by notions, perceptions and external influences.

 


 
Reinhard, Aurora
"Lightness?" january - march 2012

Born in 1975 in Finland. Lives and works in Helsinki.

Aurora Reinhard’s oeuvre consists of photographs, videos, performances and objects. She deals with issues of gender – how the male and female identities are constructed and represented in the society – and in particular with the taboos associated with female sexuality. In her most recent works Reinhard studies the commercialization of the female face and body, and their use in the marketing of different products and services.

 

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Reinoso, Pablo
"ta.bu" january - march 2016,
"Lightness?" january - march 2012


Born in Argentina in 1955, he lives and works in Paris.


Originally a sculptor, but truly an artist, Pablo Reinoso practices his art since an early age, expressing himself in a variety of ways. His prior education in architecture doesn’t interfere with his curiosity to explore as an autodidact and to dabble in many disciplines, among which sculpture, photography, and design. Reinoso works in series that are not closed but still open, reflecting the permanent “work in progress” which is his way of thinking. A constant in his work is his endless desire to question and subvert things, using objects or materials against their customary use, bringing contraries together.

 

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Renoir, Auguste
"Femininity 0.1" september - december 2011

Born in 1841 in France and died in 1919.

One of the founders and leading painters of the Impressionist movement, Pierre-Auguste Renoir studied at the ‘Ecole des Beaux-Arts’ in Paris. His early works are typically Impressionist snapshots of real life, full of sparkling colors and light. The subjects he paints - pretty children, flowers and parties - have instant appeal. By the mid-1880s, he breaks with the movement to apply a more disciplined, formal technique to portraits and figure paintings. At the same time he turned from contemporary themes to more timeless subjects, particularly nudes, but also portraits of young girls in unspecific settings. As his style became grander and simpler he also took up mythological subjects and the female type he preferred became more mature and ample.

 


 
Reyes, Justine
"Inner Journeys" april - june 2013

Born in 1977 in the USA. Lives and works in New York.

Justine Reyes’ work revolves around issues of identity, history, time and our relationship to these themes in a world that has changed since 9/11. According to the artist, “not only our national identity but also how we view ourselves individually and the ways in which we relate to others have changed”. She uses photography and installation to give shape to her ideas. Reyes’ creations study the themes of family, mortality, the ephemeral and the fugacious, as well as the ideas revolving around leaving and returning home.

 

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Reyes, Pedro
"Inner Journeys" april - june 2013

Born in 1972 in Mexico. Lives and works in Mexico City.

Trained as an architect, Pedro Reyes’ sculptures, videos and performances convey an interest in structural design and building principles. His work is distinguished by an emphasis on geometry, history and function, as well as a certain playfulness and sense of social responsibility. In Reyes’ practice, the utilization of space is infused with symbolic and physical schemes to enhance human communication and creativity. He explores the ways in which a space allows individual moments of liberty, or activates the interaction between groups of people.

 

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Reyle, Anselm
"Lightness?" january - march 2012

Born in 1970 in Germany. Lives and works in Berlin.

Anselm Reyle creates large-scale abstract paintings and found-object sculptures using trashy, glitzy materials. The use of silver foil, neon colours, mirrors and glitter gives his essentially abstract works a seductive edge. Reyle recycles and actualises the formal accomplishments of abstract modernism, and subsequently reapplies them in function of an entirely new pictorial language. By exploring the fringes of Art and design or kitsch he creates art works that simultaneously confront us with a conceptual nihilism.

 


 
Rheims, Bettina
"Everybody is crazy, but me" April - July 2016, "ta.bu" January - March 2016,
Sex, Money and Power" January - March 2013


Born in Neuilly-sur-Seine (France) in 1952, she lives and works in Paris.

Photographer Bettina Rheims discovered her love for the medium when she worked on the other side of the lens as a model. Her style has often been shaped by the glamour of the fashion world, yet she does not hesitate to explore controversial and deep subjects. Rheims became best known for her portraits of women. Her earliest work was a series depicting strip-tease artists and acrobats, which set up her aim to put the human and, more specifically, the female figure at the center of her creations. Beside her artistic work, Rheims has also shot commercial campaigns and magazine editorials.


 

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Rhode, Robin
"Lightness?" january - march 2012

Born in 1976 in South Africa. Lives and works in Berlin.

Robin Rhode's work embraces a variety of media, principally photography, but also drawing, animation, performance and sculpture. He uses simple, ephemeral devices such as soap, charcoal, paint and chalk. Inspired by the tradition of silent movies, he creates performances by photographing drawings on walls, on the ground or on paper and offers us poetical and humorous universe. To comment on urban youth culture, colonialism and socio-economic issues in a simple, witty and subtly effective way, Rhode often uses the street as his canvas or his background, alluding to hip-hop and the role of the graffiti artist, whose gritty aesthetics he subtly picks up.

 


 
Rich, Daniel
"Resonance(s)" april - june 2014 

Born in 1977 in Germany. Lives and works in New York.

Daniel Rich’s art is characterized by the transformation of architectural icons into pictures with conceptual meanings. He examines how the reproduction and proliferation of images shape our perception of physical structures and the ideologies that they embody. Rich’s pictorial architectures represent an iconographic discourse on changing political power structures: by translating found images into paintings, the artist seeks to call attention to implicit political and social narratives transcribed in the built environment.

 


 
Rich, Natalie
"Femininity 0.1" september - december 2011

Born in 1964 in France. Lives and works in Paris.

Photographer and designer Natalie Rich gratuated from 'l’Ecole Nationale Supérieure des Beaux-Arts' in Paris. “Mollusc is a video in which I play the role of a mollusc with my mouth. I offer it flavors of milk, grenadine and mint. Very fast, it absorbs and spits, the tong goes out and licks the colored substances. The universe is underwater, sensual, sexual, aesthetic and animal. I go into exhibitionistic details of an intimate part of the body. (...) The sound of the movie rests on the lips and its movements." Natalie Rich

 

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Richter, Gerhard
"Obsession" january - march 2015,
"Red" september - december 2012
 

Born in Germany in 1932, hives and works in Germany.

Gerhard Richter began painting in the 1960’s, fascinated by the rivalry between traditionalist painting techniques and mass media imagery, as well as the ability of each medium to represent and interpret reality. He would project found photographs onto canvas, tracing the images and then blur the paint with a soft brush or sponge to create his famous photo-paintings. Since then Richter has been alternating figurative and abstract paintings. He also creates pieces that are on the border of painting, sculpture and architecture, for which he uses glass, exploring its materiality.



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Riego, Gustavo
"Icon(s)" april - july 2015

Born in Belgium in 1983, he lives and works in Brussels.

Gustavo Riego’s work offers a critical view on the banking system and the financial world in general. Riego creates performances and collages to denounce the practices of the big banks; he has, for example, dressed up as a toreador in front of the statue of the Bull of Wall Street. The artist was clearly inspired by the Occupy Wall Street movement as well as by the global financial crisis of 2008.

 



 
Ritts, Herb
"Everybody is crazy, but me" April - July 2016

Born in the Los Angeles in 1952, he died in 2002.

Herb Ritts’ career as a professional photographer started at the end of the 1970s. He quickly became famous as a fashion and commercial photographer, shooting actors, singers, dancers, models and politicians, like Bill Clinton and Nelson Mandela. Ritts created some of the most iconic images of 1990s supermodels, among whom Christy Turlington and Naomi Campbell. His photographs frequently featured on the covers of Vogue, Vanity Fair, Interview and Rolling Stone; he also shot the 1999 Pirelli Calendar. Among his most noted advertising campaigns is the 1992 Calvin Klein Underwear campaign, featuring Mark Wahlberg and up-and-coming Kate Moss. Furthermore, Ritts also shot several music videos for Michael Jackson, Jon Bon Jovi, Britney Spears, Mariah Carey and Madonna.


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Roegiers, Antoine
"ta.bu" january - march 2016

Born in Belgium in 1980, he lives and works in Paris.

Antoine Roegiers graduated from the Ecole Nationale des Beaux-Arts in Paris, where he trained as a painter, in 2007. Aside from painting, he also creates drawings, video art and installations. His work is often created in series or cycles; he has, for example, created series about his family, his own childhood and about the families of classical painters. His latest series is based on the works of Pieter Paul Rubens.

 

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Roig, Bernardi
"Resonance(s)" april - june 2014 

Born in 1965 in Spain. Lives and works between Madrid and Binissalem.

Bernardí Roig incorporates in his creations tubes of fluorescent light as an element which links his sculptural work with the painting medium. The human figure is depicted as a dramatic subject that carries the weight of the existence and who is aware of an inevitable tragic fate. His installations are characterized by a theatrical staging, where light plays a central role. Roig’s works have an intrinsic narrative quality; the human figure is usually the subject of the action, but surrounding elements are also part of the story. The artist is concerned with the themes of anxiety and of desperation as well as with the loss of individuality in the contemporary society.

 


 
Ronsse, Matthieu
"Everybody is crazy, but me" April - July 2016, "Icon(s)" April - July 2015,
 Inner Journeys" April - June 2013


Born in Kortrijk (Belgium) in 1981, he lives and works in Mullem (Belgium).

Young artist Matthieu Ronsse completely dominates his technique: he is able to paint with equal talent, as the masters of classical painting from Flemish Masters to the Impressionists. Though he is fascinated by these ancient techniques, he doesn’t confine himself to classical materials. All his works undergo changes or transformations and are rendered obscure until the very last moment, leaning towards iconoclasm. He revises, cuts up, reworks, and even tears them to make some kind of collage that reflects his own nature. His work can be situated between classical mastery and rebellion. In art journalist Claude Lorent’s words: “What and how to paint today with, in your head and in your brushes all the weight of centuries and this commanding necessity to be of his time. Contemporaneity is not only a question to act in the present time, in this case to paint, but to think painting as a current act.”

 


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Ropp, William
"States of Mind" january - march 2014

Born in 1960 in France. Lives and works in Nancy.

Known as “the shadow sculptor”, William Ropp photographs in a unique style. Working mainly in studio, he places his subjects in absolute darkness during extended exposure and uses a flashlight to create effects of illumination and shadow. His painterly portraits attempt to explore mysterious aspects of the human nature. Ropp doesn’t direct his subjects, preferring to spontaneously capture their vulnerability. "It is the dichotomies among the feelings of the model, the intentions of the artist and the perception of the viewer - it is this very ambivalence that forms, in my opinion, the essence and the richness of art," explains him. The artist is best known for his black and white work, but more recently he has been experimenting with color photography.

 


 
Rossi, Sara
 "La Gioia" october - december 2014

Born in 1970 in Italy. Lives and works in Milan.

Sara Rossi works with video and photography, dealing with landscape as a space within nature and as a stage for history's portrayal of events, culture and traditions. “Her gaze is at times lyrical, focusing on the impermanence of lights and colours, and at other times she meticulously hunts out fragments of different eras, which she uses to reconstruct genuine pictorial narratives. These narratives somehow concern us – we recognise them and they seem familiar, like memories deposited in the collective cultural imaginary,” explains art critic and curator Gaia Pasi.

 

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Rothman, Marjolein
"Resonance(s)" april - june 2014 

Born in 1974 in the Netherlands. Lives and works in Amsterdam.

Marjolein Rothman’s works investigate the nature of the perception and question the viewers by encouraging them to explore the illusionary nature of the knowledge. Her paintings deconstruct the historic figures and the cultural symbols; the iconic images from the past reappear fragmented, incomplete or as of simple shadows or projections. Her aim is to provoke the reflection on the importance of the images in the making of the collective identities, whether these are based on religious beliefs, philosophic-political convictions or nationalist sentiments.

 

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Rouan, François
"Obsession" january - march 2015 

Born in France in 1943, he lives and works in Saint-Maximin.

François Rouan devotes himself to painting, photography and video. The artist combines his masterly use of colors and interweaving technique with fantasies and inspirations to translate intimacy and reality into artworks. Abstraction is central to Rouan’s work. He generally uses linen weaving strips soaked in paint for his works; however, he also uses prints, stained glass, screen-printing, photography, film, and video.


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Rovner, Michal
"Obsession" january - march 2015 

Born in Israel in 1957, she lives and works in Israel.

Michal Rovner is a video, photo and cinema artist who works with image distortion; she bends digital technology to suit her own vision. Rovner’s work looks into the themes of physical and psychological borders and identity, as well as environment and science. Many of her works are imbedded with the Israeli-Palestine question; however, as she says herself: “I always begin with reality. I record it and subsequently, little by little, I extract the image of reality, which becomes more fuzzy, losing its own definition, and bringing therefore something else.”



 
Rox, Rosy
"Sex, Money and Power" january - march 2013

Born in 1976 in Italy. Lives and works in Naples.

The work of multimedia artist Rosy Rox is characterized by the use of her body and of symbols and metaphors related to it. She focuses on issues linked to female identity and explores at the same time questions of lust and innocence, aggression and seduction. Intense and sadistic, as well as erotic and humorous, her performances address themes related not only to women and their social condition, but also to artistic struggles.

 


 
Rubinho, Mônica
"Inner Journeys" april - june 2013

Born in 1970 in Brazil. Lives and works in São Paulo.

Mônica Rubinho works encompass photography, sculpture and drawing. Her creations refer to the symbolic and affective perception of things, establishing subtly boundaries between reality and representation. She has a preference for fragile materials such as fine, transparent papers and thin cotton fabrics, which she embroiders with silk threads, or draws with ink and stamps. Rubinho also incorporates elements of nature in her creations, such as real nests of small birds, branches and pearls. Her works are usually in small formats, full of details and overlapped layers that invite the viewer to take a closer look.

 

 
Ruff, Thomas
"La Gioia" october - december 2014, "Sex, Money and Power" january - march 2013

Born in 1958 in Germany. Lives and works in Düsseldorf.

Interested in the means and possibilities of photography, Thomas Ruff explores the limits of the medium and works with a wide range of themes and practices. The tools and techniques he has investigated so far include analogue and digital exposures, computer generated images, hand tinting, stereoscopy, digital retouching, and photomontage. The artist appropriates images from various sources for his creations, including scientific archives, newspaper and, more recently, the Internet. Ruff works in series of photographs with subjects that range from domestic interiors to astronomy, from modernist architecture to abstract psychedelia, from portraits to Internet pornography. According to him: “Each of my series has a visual idea behind it, which I develop during my research. Sometimes the development follows a straight line from A to B; sometimes something completely new and interesting shows up, which makes me leave the straight path and follow a more indirect one with new rules.”

 


 
Rule, Nicolas
"Struggle(s)" april - june 2012

 Born in 1956 in England. Lives and works in New York.

Known for his series of paintings depicting the bloodlines of pedigree horses, Nicolas Rule is a painter of words. In other series, he created paintings of ‘ghostly words’ derived from horror tales of writer H.P. Lovecraft or explored the names of the first rebels of the Cuban Revolution. His creations stand somewhere between abstraction and conceptualism. But what really engages the artist is, the process of a subject determining the form of a painting.

 

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Rusquet, Gaëtan
"Youth: portraits of artists, between freedom and fight" september 2014 

Born in 1984 in France. Lives and works in Brussels.
Studied at ENSAV.


 

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Russell, Georgia
"Origin(s)" may - june 2011

 Born in 1974 in Scotland. Lives and works in Paris.

After her studies in Aberdeen and London, Georgia Russell began her artistic career with exhibitions in different European countries and in the USA. For the last few years she has used a scalpel to ‘caress’ the works she creates, not to add to the underlying material, but to cut through it. As the artist herself explains, "I feel as though I draw with my scalpel, and instead of drawing in positive, I draw in negative. Like drawing backwards."

 

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Rustin, Jean
"ta.bu" january - march 2016

Born in France in 1928, he died in 2013.

Jean Rustin started his career as an abstract painter in the vein of the “abstraction lyrique” movement that emerged in Paris after World War II. But, from the 1970s onwards, Rustin completely turned his back on abstract painting, which he deemed “too decorative”, and instead started creating figurative pieces, focusing on the human figure. His very dark paintings, which show naked people in empty rooms, have often been linked with the world of psychiatry. They exude a sentiment of strangeness not too distant from Sigmund Freud’s concept of das Unheimliche (“the uncanny”); interestingly, his work has often been compared to that of Lucian Freud, Sigmund Freud’s grandson.