"Obsession" by James Dempsey

Obsession Nudes by Klimt, Schiele, and Picasso from the Scofield Thayer Collection James Dempsey, Sabine Rewald

Format:
Paperback
Publication date:
12 Jun 2018
ISBN:
9781588396525
Imprint:
Metropolitan Museum of Art
Dimensions:
224 pages: 254 x 229mm
Illustrations:
120 color illus.

Evocative and often highly erotic works on paper by Gustav Klimt, Egon Schiele, and Pablo Picasso are presented along with new details about Scofield Thayer (1889–1982), the unusual and complicated man who collected them. Thayer was a wealthy publisher, poet, and aesthete who led an intense public life that included the editorship of the prominent literary journal The Dial and friendships with literary luminaries such as e. e. cummings. In the 1920s, Thayer went on an art-buying spree in London, Paris, Berlin, and Vienna, acquiring approximately 600 works of art. Among these are particularly provocative drawings and watercolors by Klimt, Schiele, and Picasso, at a time when these works were little known or appreciated. This book showcases 52 of the rarely seen works—which have now taken their place as modernist erotic masterpieces—and presents them within the context of the collector’s remarkable life and tempestuous times.
 

Sabine Rewald is Jacques and Natasha Gelman Curator for Modern Art in the Department of Modern and Contemporary Art at The Metropolitan Museum of Art. James Dempsey is an instructor at the Worcester Polytechnic Institute and the author of The Tortured Life of Scofield Thayer.