A Modernist collection at the Met and the madness behind it

   Scofield Thayer.

Scofield Thayer.

This in from the Metropolitan Museum of Art:

"Obsession: Nudes by Klimt, Schiele, and Picasso from the Scofield Thayer Collection," at the Met Breuer, July 3-October 7, 2018

"This exhibition at The Met Breuer will present a selection of some 50 works from The Met's Scofield Thayer Collection—a collection that is best known for paintings by artists of the school of Paris, and a brilliant group of erotic and evocative watercolors, drawings, and prints by Gustave Klimt, Egon Schiele, and Pablo Picasso, whose subjects, except for a handful, are nudes. The exhibition will be the first time these works have been shown together and will provide a focused look at this important collection; it also marks the centenary of the deaths of Klimt and Schiele.

"An aesthete and scion of a wealthy family {in Worcester, Mass.}, Scofield Thayer (1889–1982) was co-publisher and editor of the literary magazine the Dial from 1919 to 1926. In this avant-garde journal he introduced Americans to the writings of T. S. Eliot, Ezra Pound, D. H. Lawrence, Arthur Schnitzler, Thomas Mann, and Marcel Proust, among others. He frequently accompanied these writers' contributions with reproductions of modern art. Thayer assembled his large collection of some 600 works—mostly works on paper—with staggering 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.''

Prepare to see the new film coming out soon called Stroke of Genius: Scofield Thayer, about Modernism and madness.  Hit this link for more information.