Lois Orswell, David Smith, and Modern Art

, Fogg Art Museum, Harvard University Art Museums
  • Dancing Female Nude (Creator)
  • Female Nude with Draperies
  • Two Nude Figures
  • Reclining Woman
  • Untitled
  • Study for
  • Abstract Head
  • The Kiss
  • Untitled
  • Female Nude with Cupid
  • Sketchbook: Sketches for Constructions
  • Glasses; verso: Stein and Pipe
  • The Card Players
  • Torso of a Young Girl
  • Untitled
  • Female Figure
  • Untitled
  • Untitled
  • Buttocks
  • Blolo Bla (Spirit Partner)
  • Flight
  • Fish
  • Untitled (Abstraction)
  • Head of a Man
  • Aphrodite Torso
  • Head - Study for Sculpture
  • Head
  • Female Nude (recto and verso)
  • Female Nude (No. 2)
  • Octopus
  • Tantric Temple Banner with Decoration of Auspicious Emblems
  • Bird
  • Study of Trees
  • Immermann Street
  • Figure
  • Spinning Man
  • Retrato
  • Head of Circe
  • Garden Sculpture
  • Study for
  • Untitled
  • Iris, Messenger of the Gods (Another Voice, Called Iris)
  • 5 1/2
  • Figure
  • Red Heart
  • Detroit Queen
  • Nude Girl with a Necklace
  • Untitled (Self-portrait with Detroit Queen)
  • Head of a Female Figure of the Spedos Variety
  • Torso of a Female Statuette
  • Assaulted Woman III
  • Untitled (Man on Horseback)
  • Untitled (Self-portrait with Detroit Queen)
  • Self-Portrait
  • Untitled; verso: Woman
  • Untitled
  • Self-Portrait as a Warrior
  • Untitled
  • Study for
  • Study for
  • Untitled
  • Untitled
  • Hat, Shoes and Undergarments (Study for
  • Female Nude from Behind
  • Study for
  • Head of a Foreigner (probably from a Buddhist Temple)
  • Compressed Globular Jar with Low Ring Foot and Geometric Decor
  • Books and Apple
  • Standing Male Holding an Animal
  • Bather
  • The Innocent Victim
  • Shell
  • Marble Carving
  • Hand-held Clapper with Bird of Prophecy
  • Voodoo
  • Head
  • Ntadi (Grave Figure for a Ruler)
  • Ebon
  • Head
  • Early Bird
  • Untitled
  • Terpsichore and Euterpe
  • Female Torso
  • Untitled (Detroit Queen)
  • Bowl with Four Lugs
  • Head of a Female Figure of the Spedos Variety
  • Portrait of a Woman
  • Study for a Figure in Bronze
  • Sheet of Studies [containing cubist still-lifes and a study of a hand]
  • Female Nude in Studio
  • Study for
  • Actors
  • Female Nude
  • Reclining Female Nude
  • Female Nude (No. 3)
  • The Artist Photographing a Female Torso; verso: Sketch for
  • Abstraction
  • Head
  • Ideas for Sculpture; verso: Reclining figure on a pedestal
Fogg Art Museum, Harvard University Art Museums

The Fogg Art Museum presents a major exhibition examining the collection and life of Lois Orswell, a collector with a pioneering eye and a tenacious personality who was active from the mid-1940s to the early 1960s. This exhibition will showcase approximately 180 works from Orswell’s collection of more than 350 European and American modernist paintings, sculptures, and drawings, as well as classical Asian, and African sculptures. This is the first time that these works will be shown as a cohesive group that includes art by Georges Seurat, Auguste Rodin, Paul Cézanne, Henri Matisse, Pablo Picasso, Juan Gris, Paul Klee, Max Beckmann, Arshile Gorky, Alberto Giacometti, Franz Kline, David Smith, and Willem de Kooning. After placing her collection on long-term, anonymous loan to the Fogg Art Museum around 1970, Orswell donated a number of these works over the next three decades, and bequeathed the remainder of the loaned works to the Fogg at her death in 1998.

A catalogue, containing correspondence between Orswell and artists represented in her collection, as well as letters to friends and dealers in the New York arts community, is also available.