The Frick Collection in New York City’s Upper East Side is a museum and library of old master paintings, European sculpture, and decorative arts. The museum is built around industrialist Henry Frick’s “Gilded Age” mansion and personal art collection. The collection comes from a time when the new rich of the Americas would acquire art masterworks on their vacations to Europe.
Henry Frick was a Pennsylvania Coal Magnate
Henry Frick (1849-1919) made his fortune in Pennsylvania coal. His business was transforming coal into coke which is used to make steel. Eventually he partnered with Andrew Carnegie. Their joint firm was the predecessor to United States Steel.
The Frick House is Gilded Age New York
The Frick House was designed by the architectural firm Carrère and Hastings. The firm was renowned for Beaux-Arts architecture including the New York Public Library. The firm’s principals were French trained at the École nationale supérieure des Beaux-Arts.
Visiting the Frick House gives a unique view into how the very rich, the 1%, lived about one hundred years ago.
The Frick Collection of Old Masters
The Frick Collection is known for its old master paintings and fine furniture.
Highlights of the art collection include Jean-Honoré Fragonard’s “The Progress of Love” (French), and Piero della Francesca’s “St. John the Evangelist” (Italian).
In addition to paintings, the collection features 18th century French furniture and furnishings.
Latin Exhibitions at the Frick Collection 2017 – 2018
Murillo : The Self Portraits, an exhibition of the Spanish Golden Age painter is Wednesday, November 1, 2017 – February 4, 2018. EXTENDED through Sunday, February 11, 2018.
Latin Exhibitions at the Frick Collection 2016 – 2017
Cagnacci’s “Repentant Magdalene”: An Italian Baroque Masterpiece from the Norton Simon Museum is on view from October 25, 2016 to January 22, 2017. Guido Cagnacci was an Italian painter remembered for the erotic nature of his religious paintings and for living a rather wild life. In a way, he was a New Yorker.
Pierre Gouthière: Virtuoso Gilder at the French Court is on view November 16, 2016 to February 19, 2017. Pierre Gouthière (1732-1813) was a master gilder in the French courts of Louis XV and Louis XVI at the very end of the French monarchy. This exhibition is the artist’s first. It was inspired by a blue marble and gilt-bronze table which is a highlight of the Frick’s decorative arts collection.
Porcelain, No Simple Matter: Arlene Shechet and the Arnhold Collection is on view from May 24, 2016 to April 2, 2017. Porcelain was originally a Chinese export. That is why the word “china” is used to describe porcelain dishes.
The Royal Meissen company was the first European firm to manufacture porcelain. The patronage of Polish King Augustus II attracted leading artists. This made Royal Meissen the leading European porcelain company until the mid-eighteenth century.
The Arnhold Collection contains fine Royal Meissen porcelains. New York sculptor Arlene Shechet did a residency with the modern company in 2012-2013. She contrasts her own contemporary work with curated selections from the promised gift of Henry H. Arnhold.
Latin Exhibitions at the Frick Collection 2015 – 2016
Frederic Leighton’s Victorian masterpiece Flaming June, from Puerto Rico’s Museo de Arte de Ponce, made its first visit to New York City at the Frick Collection June 9 – September 6, 2015.
Visiting The Frick Collection
The Frick Collection
1 East 70th Street (at Fifth Avenue)
New York, NY 10021
Tuesday – Saturday 10am-6pm
Sunday 11am – 5pm
(6) to 68th St
For more information, visit www.frick.org