Thannhauser Collection: French Modernism at the Guggenheim


A revelatory examination and the definitive resource on the Guggenheim Museum’s Thannhauser Collection.


ISBN: 9780892075423 Category:

Megan Fontanella


When Justin K. Thannhauser (1892–1976) brought his collection of modern art to the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum in 1965, it was his crowning achievement after more than a half century as one of Europe’s most influential and distinguished collectors and dealers. The collection’s formal bequeathal to the Guggenheim in 1978 represents a watershed moment for the museum – today its Thannhauser Collection constitutes the core of the Guggenheim’s Impressionist, Post-Impressionist and School of Paris holdings, including thirty-two works by Pablo Picasso.

This lavishly illustrated volume presents the astonishing collection in full, offering a concentrated survey of works by such modern masters as Georges Braque, Paul Cézanne, Edgar Degas, Paul Gauguin, Édouard Manet, Picasso, Camille Pissarro, and Vincent van Gogh, among others. Throughout, artworks are given rich context and detail with historical installation views and high-tech conservation images. Short essays on collection highlights by current and former Guggenheim curators and conservators illuminate the artists’ stylistic innovations as they sought to liberate art from academic genres and techniques. The book also features extensive technical analyses, offering rare insight into the artists’ materials and processes based on the latest advances in conservation technology. A lead essay by Megan Fontanella recounts the genesis of Thannhauser’s collection and its eventual transfer to the Guggenheim Museum.

Additional information

Weight 1981 g
Dimensions 22.9 x 29.8 cm
Publisher name Guggenheim Museum Publications
Publication date 1 December 2018
Number of pages 332
Format Hardback
Contributors Edited by Megan Fontanella
Dimensions 22.9 x 29.8 cm
Weight 1981 g


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Megan Fontanella is Curator, Modern Art and Provenance, at the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York.