Pictures Of A Childhood Sixty-Six Watercolors And An Essay




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After teaching and practicing psychoanalysis for more than 20 years, Dr. Miller has retired to develop a radical critique of psychoanalytic theories and psychiatric methods. At least part of this will be addressed in ''The Banished Knowledge,'' a work on therapy to be published this fall.

Meanwhile, ''The Untouched Key'' poses the important question of why some troubled children turn out to be artists and others turn their sufferings back against the world.

More a case-by-case review than a fully rounded thesis, the book explores the childhoods of figures like Pablo Picasso, Kathe Kollwitz, Buster Keaton, Hitler, Stalin and Friedrich Nietzsche.

These soundings turn up some valuable material. Dr. Miller discovers that within a four-day interval in 1884 the 3-year-old Picasso experienced both a violent earthquake in his hometown of Malaga, Spain, and the birth of his first sister, Lola. As Dr. Miller argues, these events provide a more plausible psychological explanation for the painting ''Guernica'' than does the 1936 bombing attack by the Nazis that has always been accepted as the work's inspiration.

And though she does not mean to disparage Nietzsche's mature genius, her rereading of his major work in the light of his childhood sufferings at the hands of his loving but shortsighted family does much to lend a deeper and more personal meaning to such Nietzschean ideas as the will to power, the hypocrisy of Christianity, the search beyond good and evil and the coming of the Ubermensch.

There is a slight tendentiousness in the way ''The Untouched Key'' develops its points, a seeming impatience on the author's part that the world has failed so far to embrace her discovery that childhood impairment is the key to everything. Picasso's traumas of 1884 are unquestionably pertinent to his work but, in Dr. Miller's hands at least, they fail to account for the artist's ambivalence toward women, particularly evident in the painting ''Les Demoiselles d'Avignon.''

And to attribute the deadpan style of Buster Keaton's comedy merely to the film actor's having been abused by his parents when he was part of their vaudeville act seems a shade on the simplistic side.

Moreover, a faint note of utopianism creeps into the closing sections of ''The Untouched Key,'' where Dr. Miller writes as if all of humanity's troubles could be cured in an instant if people would only open their eyes to the abuse of children. One misses the subtlety of ''The Drama of the Gifted Child,'' where, for example, the author acknowledged that, just as parents do, psychoanalysts can have trouble disentangling their narcissism from the objective interests of their patients.

Still, the implications of Alice Miller's vision are undeniable. And she sums them up effectively in her conclusion. She recounts how, while searching for a picture of Abraham sacrificing Isaac with which to illustrate the dust jacket of one of her books, she discovered that in all of the 30 portrayals of the scene that she could find, ''Abraham's face or entire torso is turned away from his son and directed upward.''

Dr. Miller continues: ''In none of the paintings can we detect any questioning in Isaac's eyes, questions such as 'Father, why do you want to kill me, why is my life worth nothing to you? Why won't you look at me, why won't you explain what is happening? How can you do this to me? I love you, I trusted in you. Why won't you speak to me? What crime have I committed? What have I done to deserve this?' ''

Her point is simply that the time has come for Abraham to stop taking for granted his compulsion to sacrifice Isaac. Parents must turn their eyes to their children, and acknowledge the needs of separate and integral human beings. Bertelsmannd(Doubleday), News Corporation d(Basic Books)

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