Obsession: Nudes by Klimt, Schiele and Picasso

Met Breuer, New York


From the Scofield Thayer Collection

This exhibition presents 52 works on paper from the Scofield Thayer collection. Thayer (1889–1982) was co-owner and editor of the Dial from 1919 to 1926, an avant-garde journal which introduced Americans to the writing of T. S. Eliot, Ezra Pound, D. H. Lawrence, Arthur Schnitzler, Thomas Mann, and Marcel Proust, among others, and frequently complemented these writers’ contributions with reproductions of modern art. Thayer assembled his large collection of around 600 pieces – mostly works on paper – with great speed in London, Paris, Berlin, and Vienna between 1921 and 1923. While he was a patient of Sigmund Freud in Vienna, he acquired a large group of watercolors and drawings by Schiele and Klimt, artists who at that time were unknown in America. This selection of nudes by Egon Schiele, Gustav Klimt and Pablo Picasso are presented together in public for the first time. Find out more about the ‘Obsession’ exhibition from the Met Breuer’s website. 

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Two Studies for a Crouching Woman (1914–15), Gustav Klimt. Courtesy the Metropolitan Museum of Art

Self-portrait, Schiele

Self-portrait (1911), Egon Schiele. Courtesy the Metropolitan Museum of Art

Standing Nude with Orange Drapery, Schiele

Standing Nude with Orange Drapery (1914), Egon Schiele. Courtesy the Metropolitan Museum of Art

Seated Nude, Picasso

Seated Nude (1908), Pablo Picasso. © 2018 Estate of Pablo Picasso/Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York

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