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Obsession: Nudes by Klimt, Schiele, and Picasso from the Scofield Thayer Collection

Rewald, Sabine, and James Dempsey
2018
132 pages
110 illustrations
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Publisher, poet, and aesthete, Scofield Thayer (1889–1982) led an intense public life that included the editorship of the prominent avant-garde journal the Dial and often contentious friendships with literary luminaries such as T. S. Eliot and E. E. Cummings. In the early 1920s, Thayer went to Vienna, where he was analyzed by Sigmund Freud. He also embarked on an art-buying spree throughout the capitals of Europe, acquiring (among many other things) a number of highly erotic works on paper by Gustav Klimt, Egon Schiele, and Pablo Picasso. Though these artists were little known or appreciated in America at the time, and though the especially provocative nature of the drawings and watercolors put them outside the mainstream, these works have now taken their place as erotic masterpieces, collected with remarkable foresight and vision. Obsession showcases 52 of these rarely seen works, presenting them within the context of Thayer’s remarkable life and tempestuous times while enhancing our understanding of these three modernist masters.

Scofield Thayer, e. e. cummings  American, Graphite on paper
ca. 1925
Reclining Nude with Outstretched Left Arm, Gustav Klimt  Austrian, Graphite
1903–1904
Two Women Friends Reclining, Gustav Klimt  Austrian, Graphite
ca. 1905–06
Two Reclining Nudes, Gustav Klimt  Austrian, Colored pencil
1905–1906
Standing Nude, Gustav Klimt  Austrian, Graphite
1906–07
Reclining Nude with Drapery, Gustav Klimt  Austrian, Graphite
ca. 1912–13
Reclining Nude, Gustav Klimt  Austrian, Graphite
ca. 1912–13
The Lovers, Gustav Klimt  Austrian, Graphite
1913
Two Studies for a Crouching Woman, Gustav Klimt  Austrian, Graphite
1914–15
Reclining Nude with Drapery, Back View, Gustav Klimt  Austrian, Graphite
1917–1918
Egon Schiele, Anton Joseph Trcka  Austrian, Gelatin silver print
1914
Couple Embracing, Egon Schiele  Austrian, Graphite on paper
1911
The Kiss, Egon Schiele  Austrian, Graphite on paper
1911
Self-Portrait, Egon Schiele  Austrian, Watercolor, gouache, and graphite on paper
1911
Two Reclining Nudes, Egon Schiele  Austrian, Watercolor and graphite on paper
1911
Observed in a Dream, Egon Schiele  Austrian, Watercolor and graphite on paper
1911
Crouching Nude in Shoes and Black Stockings, Back View, Egon Schiele  Austrian, Watercolor, gouache and graphite on paper
1912
Seminude with Arms Raised, Egon Schiele  Austrian, Graphite on paper
1914
Seated Woman in Chemise, Egon Schiele  Austrian, Graphite on paper
1914
Squatting Woman, Egon Schiele  Austrian, Drypoint
1914
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Rewald, Sabine, and L. James Dempsey. 2018. Obsession: Nudes by Klimt, Schiele, and Picasso from the Scofield Thayer Collection. New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art.