The Societe Psychanalytique de Paris announcement of the death of Andre Green, Translated by Jonathan House

*Doctor Andre Green*
12 March 1927 in Cairo – 22 January 2012 in Paris.

A major figure in psychoanalysis has left us. The psychoanalytic
community is in mourning.

A psychiatrist by training, Andre Green became one of the major thinkers in contemporary psychoanalysis. He was in direct dialogue with Lacan, Winnicott, Bion, and with all the influential psychoanalysts worldwide. He is particularly influential in advancing the understanding of “borderline” conditions.

His work is marked by the extensive scale and scope of the fields he
studied and to which he contributed, it covered all of the culture is known and respected and well beyond the world of psychoanalysis.

We owe him much if not all of our familiarity with concepts such as “the dead mother complex,” the de-objectalisazation, thirdness, and more from his important work on affect, language, the forces of destructiveness, “evil”, the role of the object, the drive and sexuality, and his introduction of “negative”. To this list must be added his original approach to the maternal function and his notion of the relation of the structure framing the matrix of thought to the negative hallucination of the mother.

His work, translated into many languages, includes a large number of books and articles that have become classics in psychoanalytic thought.


– Director of the Institute of Psychoanalysis of Paris (1970 – 1975)
– Vice President of the International Psychoanalytical Association
– President of the Psychoanalytic Society of Paris (1986-1989)
– Freud Memorial Professor at the Chair of the University College London
– Professor of the psychology faculty of Buenos Aires
– Member of the Academy of the Humanities, Moscow
– Honorary Member of the British Psychoanalytic Society
– Chevalier of the Legion of honneure.

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4 Comments on “The Societe Psychanalytique de Paris announcement of the death of Andre Green, Translated by Jonathan House”

  1. nathan szajnberg, MD Says:

    Andre Green was generous with his time and thoughts. After he visited Israel (Michel Granek had translated his work into Hebrew), I asked to meet with him in Paris to talk about his ideas. I spent the summer reading his work in English. In September, I flew to Paris and spent a Friday and Saturday with him. His wife served us espressos. Friday, he let me ask any questions about his writing. Saturday, he asked that I present an analytic case to him. He seemed quite interested in how an American-trained analyst would work. He was also pleased that some of his work was being translated into English. He was gracious and thoughtful.

  2. christopher bollas Says:

    I knew Andre Green for 38 years. I think his extraordinary oeuvre will take decades to digest and integrate. He was way ahead of his time and his contemporaries both in his development of Freud’s core insights and his grasp of how Freud resonated through the works of Bion, Winnicott, Lacan and others. For all those who knew him personally–and he had close friends all over the world–he was wonderfully gentle, attentive, and intelligently present. He had a faultless memory and would startle one with recollections of events past as he could recount events in minute detail.

    Many would come to know him in his later years when he could be combative in public conferences. Aside from the fact that the tradition in French debate is to be frank to a fault, Andre experienced decades of contemptuous dismissal by American psychoanalysts. He grew more combative as he had to defend himself against outright dismissal. After two decades of slogging it out with the Americans he finally broke through and was taken seriously, even revered, and now his works are studied at many analytical societies.

    The world of psychoanalysis has lost Leo Rangell, Hannah Segal, and Andre Green within one year. Three analysts, three countries, three people who were of a remarkable generation that cannot be replaced.

  3. Rosine Jozef Perelberg Says:

    One of the giants of psychoanalysis has died. André Green has shaped the landscape of the discipline over the last 60 years. His work has been honoured over decades by friends, colleagues and students, as numerous conferences have been organised around themes that he opened up to psychoanalytic reflection.
    André Green was one of the most important psychoanalytic thinkers of our times and has created a Greenian theory of psychoanalysis. This theory includes Freudian metapsychology, but pushes psychoanalytic thinking further towards a theory of psychotic configurations and a theory of that which has not reached representation, or is unrepresentable. Thinking is related to absence, and also to sexuality. The Greenian psychoanalytic framework may be viewed as a theory of gradients, where the total theory is more important than any one of its parts . Any of the terms may represent the whole, but it is the whole that needs to be looked at.

    For me some unforgettable of conferences that also provided opportunities for personal dialogue with André include the 1995 Freud Museum conference on Affect, that took place at the French institute ( published in the British Journal of Psychotherapy); the 1997 Anglo-French Colloquium in Brighton (organised by Haydee Faymberg and Anne-Marie Sandler), the series of seminars on Freud at UCL in 1998; the dialogue with Daniel Stern organised by Joseph Sandler at UCL and published in the book entitled Clinical and observational research: the roots of a controversy, (Karnac, 2000); the 2004 Colloquium at Cerisy (organised by Francois Richard and Fernando Urribarri), the only time in which the famous castle offered a conference on a living psychoanalyst; the 2006 conference on the Dead Father, in Columbia (organised by Lila Kalinich and Stuart Taylor). André Green could draw the masses to these encounters. The dialogue on the Unity and Diversity of Contemporary Psychoanalysis, an open day organised by the Société Psychanalytique de Paris in January 2006 and also published as a book , attracted 900 participants in la Maison de la Chimie. In the summer of 2009 André Green offered a weekend seminar in Paris on the concept of the death instinct when he spoke for some nine hours over the weekend to an international audience of invited psychoanalysts. His drive seemed endless and he was ready to accept many of the invitations that poured in from around the world.
    I have so many memories of André , in so many different locations and countries. I particularly loved the days in Cerisy. Over the period of four days he had an hour dialogue with each of the participants. On that last morning the sun broke through the clouds, after four days of relentless rain. We had all met in the main hall to listen to him – he was supposed to speak about his thoughts about the numerous presentations over the long weekend. He said that he felt moved and fulfilled, that his work had found resonance in our own work. We should now enjoy the sun and go into the garden… I don’t think there was a dry pair of eyes at that moment in the audience.
    This is just one illustration of the light and the warmth he also gave to us.

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