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Thaw, Eugene Victor

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role Collector Dealer/Gallery
dates 1927-2017
city Santa Fe
stateNM
other citiesNew York, NY; Annapolis, MD;
gender M
historical notes Eugene Victor Thaw was an art collector, dealer, scholar, and critic.

Diverse in nature, Thaw’s collection included drawings from modern and old masters, American Indian art, ancient Eurasian bronzes, early medieval jewelry, Native American art, architectural models, and eighteenth- and nineteenth-century oil sketches, French faience, in addition to paintings, sculpture, and furniture.

Artist represented in the collection included, among others, Rembrandt, Goya, Degas, Delacroix, Picasso and Matisse.
Highlights from the collection were shown at the Morgan library in an exhibition Drawn to Greatness: Master Drawings from the Thaw Collection and was on view September 29, 2017 through January 7, 2018.

Thaw served on the boards of the Morgan Library, the Frick Art Reference Library, the Georgia O’Keeffe Museum and the Fenimore Art Museum. He gave works of art to these institutions as well as to the Metropolitan Museum and the National Gallery of Art. Thaw’s gift to the Morgan Library included more than 400 sheets of paper.

Thaw was a founding member of the Art Dealers Association of American, served on the board, and was president from 1970 to 1972. Pierre Matisse (1900-1989) and János Sholz (1903-1993) were two of Thaw’s mentors. Together with his wife, Clare Eddy Thaw (1924-2017), was the founder of the Eugene Victor Thaw Art Foundation (est. 1981).
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The Museum of Modern Art
Library and Archives
Artist file: Thaw, Eugene Victor; miscellaneous uncataloged material. see details...
National Gallery of Canada
380 Sussex Drive
Drawings from the collection of Mr. and Mrs. Eugene V. Thaw [exhibition records] : Dessins de la collection de M. et Mme. Eugene V. Thaw. see details...
Archives of American Art
Victor Building, Suite 2200
Oral history interview with Eugene V. Thaw 2007 Oct. 1-2. see details...
Archives of American Art
Victor Building, Suite 2200
Anne Bowen Parsons collection of interviews on art, 1967-1968. see details...
The Cleveland Museum of Art
Ingalls Library and Archives
Sherman Emery Lee Personal Papers see details...
The Cleveland Museum of Art
Ingalls Library and Archives
Thaw, Eugene Victor see details...
Archives of American Art
Victor Building, Suite 2200
Sherman E. Lee papers, 1958-1996. see details...
Private Repository
E.V. Thaw & Company Archive see details...

see also:
Scholz, János
Matisse, Pierre, 1900-1989