One month left to see at Met Breuer this amazing selection of erotic works by Klimt, Schiele, and Picasso, from the The Met’s Scofield Thayer Collection.
Scofield Thayer was a contradictory aesthete at his time: millionaire from very wealthy family, he was a pioneering magazine publisher with a voracious eye for erotic art, often accompanying his his art and literary magazine, the Dial, with this kind of illustrations.
“Thayer was a bundle of contradictions—a millionaire who voted socialist, a romantic with a penchant for prostitutes, and a collector who professed to ‘detest’ Modern art and yet who arguably did more than anyone to bring Modernism to the United States,” explained James Dempsey, an instructor at the Worcester Polytechnic Institute and author of the 2014 biography The Tortured Life of Scofield Thayer, in an email to artnet News.
Thayer spent a period of his life also in Vienna as a patient of Sigmund Freud, and here he got into contact with local artists who still utterly unfamiliar to Americans, the so-called Paris School and Secessionist ones.
It’s the first time that this amazing group of erotic and evocative watercolors, drawings, and prints are exhibited together, taking part of a worldwide celebration of the 100th anniversary of the deaths of Gustav Klimt and Egon Schiele.
Female nudes are the main central “obsessive” focus of these works, celebrating the so called “fame fatale” woman, who attract men eye, but can be also dangerous for their mysterious charm. Klimt, had a particular affinity for the female nude, exploring the decorative forms of their body by exaggerating their contortion in erotic postures, also while “pleasuring themselves” .
His pupil, Schiele, made even more explicitly erotic and provocative. Picasso, too, shared this love for the female nudes, celebrating it more close to classical statuary canons.
Now, viewers will once again have the chance to judge for themselves with this wide selection of nude drawings.
Here you can see some pictures from our visit. A great occasion to discover such great sensitive collection, if you’re in NYC, don’t miss it!
“Obsession: Nudes by Klimt, Schiele, and Picasso from the Scofield Thayer Collection” is on view at the Met Breuer, 945 Madison Avenue at East 75th Street, New York, July 3–October 7, 2018.