Frick Collection
New York Art Museum, Gallery & Reference Library: History, Permanent Collection.

Portrait of Frans Snyders
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Frick Museum & Reference Library, New York


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The Frick Collection, situated in Manhattan, New York City, is one of the world's best art museums. Although it contains a relatively small collection when compared with the number of artworks held by the Metropolitan Museum of Art New York or the Hermitage in St Petersburg, the high quality of its painting, traditional sculpture and decorative pieces continues to a touchstone for other collectors and art institutions around the world.

History and Foundation

The Frick Collection was founded by Henry Clay Frick (1849-1919), the Pittsburgh industrial magnate. When he died, Mr. Frick donated his New York mansion as well as the cream of his art collection to a trust which was to establish a museum for the purpose of encouraging and developing the study of fine art. Although twice enlarged and refurbished (in 1931–35 and 1977) since its foundation, the museum is designed to be more like a private home than a public institution.

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Museum Premises

The museum building - Frick's former home, an 18th-century French-style mansion - is a low stone house and courtyard, which occupies vitually an entire city block. The entranceway is flanked by statues, the interior features numerous wood-panelled walls and floors, marble fireplaces and decorative columns, while some of the rooms of the house are decorated with Renaissance-style murals. Its furniture dates almost exclusively from the sixteenth century, or earlier. The Frick collection of Old Master and 19th century paintings is displayed in 16 galleries, and in large measure is still arranged according to Frick's own designs.

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The Permanent Collection

The list of permanent exhibits includes some of the best-known paintings by major European Old Masters. Highlights of the Permanent Collection included works by Cimabue, Jan Van Eyck, El Greco, Titian, Paolo Veronese, Velazquez, Frans Hals, Rembrandt, Vermeer, Tiepolo, François Boucher, Jean-Antoine Watteau, Jean-Honore Fragonard, John Constable, Thomas Gainsborough, JMW Turner, Goya, Jean-Baptiste-Camille Corot, Monet, Degas and Whistler, among others. In addition, the collection also features numerous works of sculpture and ceramic porcelain. It also includes Limoges enamel, Oriental rugs and 18th century French furniture. Since Mr. Frick's death, under the stewardship of his daughter Helen Clay Frick, the Collection has increased in size by about one third.


The Frick Art Reference Library

Overseen by the museum trust, the Frick Art Reference Library was established in 1920 to serve scholars, curators, art-collectors, students - indeed anyone with a serious interest in art. The Library possesses numerous book and photograph research collections relating principally to drawings, paintings, fine-art prints, sculpture, and illuminated manuscripts dating from the 4th-20th centuries by both American and European artists. World famous for its auction and exhibition catalogues, the Library remains a major source for provenance research.


Paintings in The Frick Collection

The Frick's list of permanent exhibits features some of the world's greatest genre paintings as well as several of the greatest portrait paintings.


Cimabue (Cenni di Peppo) (c.1240-1302)
• The Flagellation of Christ, c.1280
tempera on poplar panel

Duccio di Buoninsegna (c.1255-c.1319)
• The Temptation of Christ on the Mountain, 1308-1311
tempera on poplar panel

Paolo and Giovanni Veneziano (active 1333-1362) (Workshop of)
• The Coronation of the Virgin, 1358
tempera on poplar panel

Andrea di Bartolo (1358-1428)
• Madonna and Child, Late 14th century-early 15th century
tempera on panel


Gentile da Fabriano (c.1370-1427)
• Madonna and Child, with Saints Lawrence and Julian, 1423-1425
tempera on panel

Fra Filippo Lippi (c.1406-1469)
• The Annunciation, c.1440
tempera on poplar panel, cradled

Piero della Francesca (c.1415-1492)
• Augustinian Monk, 1454-1469
tempera on poplar panel
• St. John the Evangelist, c. 1454-1469
tempera on poplar panel
• The Crucifixion, 15th century
tempera on poplar panel, cradled
• Augustinian Nun, 15th century
tempera on poplar panel

Gentile Bellini (c.1429-1507)
• Doge Giovanni Mocenigo, 1478-1485
tempera on poplar panel

Giovanni Bellini (c.1430-1516)
• St. Francis in the Desert, 1480
oil and tempera on poplar panel


Titian (Tiziano Vecellio) (1490-1576)
• Portrait of a Man in a Red Cap, 1516
oil on canvas
• Pietro Aretino, c.1537
oil on canvas

Paolo Veronese (c.1528-1588)
• The Choice Between Virtue and Vice, c.1580
oil on canvas
• Wisdom and Strength, c.1580
oil on canvas


Jan van Eyck (1422-1441)
• Virgin and Child, with Saints and Donor, early 1440s
oil on panel

Hans Memling (c.1440-1494)
• Portrait of a Man, c.1470
oil on oak panel

Hans Holbein, the Younger (1497-1543)
Sir Thomas More, 1527
oil on oak panel
Thomas Cromwell, 1532-1533
oil on oak panel

Pieter Bruegel the Elder (active 1551 - 1569)
• The Three Soldiers, 1568
oil on oak panel

BAROQUE PERIOD (17th Century)

Peter Paul Rubens (1577-1640) (Follower of)
• A Knight of the Order of the Golden Fleece, Early 17th century
oil on canvas

Sir Anthony Van Dyck (1599-1641)
• Frans Snyders, c.1620
• Margareta Snyders, c.1620
• Portrait of a Genoese Noblewoman, 1622-1627
• Marchesa Giovanna Cattaneo, 1622-1627
• Ottaviano Canevari, 1627
• Sir John Suckling, 1632-1641
• Anne, Countess of Clanbrassil, 1636
• James, Seventh Earl of Derby, His Lady and Child, 1632-1641
All oil on canvas

Classical Italianate Landscape School

Claude Lorrain (1600-1682)
• The Sermon on the Mount, c.1656
oil on canvas


Frans Hals (1582-1666)
• Portrait of an Elderly Man, c.1627-1630
• Portrait of a Woman, 1635
• Portrait of a Painter, early 1650s
• Portrait of a Man, c.1660
All oil on canvas

Salomon van Ruysdael (1600-1670)
• River Scene: Men Dragging a Net, c.1667
oil on canvas

Rembrandt Harmensz van Rijn (1606-1669)
• Nicolaes Ruts, 1631
oil on mahogany panel
• The Polish Rider, c.1655
oil on canvas
• Self-Portrait, 1658
oil on canvas

Gerard Terborch (1617-1681)
• Portrait of a Young Lady, c.1665-1670
oil on canvas

Aelbert Cuyp (1620-1691)
• River Scene, 17th century
oil on oak panel
• Dordrecht: Sunrise, c. 1650
oil on canvas
• Cows and Herdsman by a River, After 1650
oil on oak panel

Isack van Ostade (1621-1649)
• Travellers Halting at an Inn, c.1635-1649
oil on oak panel

Jacob van Ruisdael (1628-1682)
• Landscape with a Footbridge, 1652
oil on canvas
• Quay at Amsterdam, c.1670
oil on canvas

Gabriel Metsu (1629-1667)
• A Lady at Her Toilet, 1648-1667
oil on canvas

Jan Vermeer (1632-1675)
Soldier and a Laughing Girl, c.1657
oil on canvas
• Girl Interrupted at Her Music, c.1658-1659
oil on canvas
• Mistress and Maid, 1666-1667
oil on canvas

Meyndert Hobbema (1638-1709)
• Village among Trees, 1665
oil on oak panel
• Village with Water Mill among Trees, c.1665
oil on canvas


Still Lifes

Jean-Baptiste-Simeon Chardin (1699 - 1779)
• Still Life with Plums, c.1730
oil on canvas
• Lady with a Bird-Organ, 1753
oil on canvas

Venetian View-Painting Style (Vedute)

Francesco Guardi (1712-1793)
• View of Venice, 18th century
oil on canvas
• Regatta in Venice, c.1770
oil on canvas

Neoclassical Style

Jacques-Louis David (1748-1825)
• Comtesse Daru, 1810
oil on canvas

Rococo Style

Giambattista Tiepolo (1696-1770)
• Perseus and Andromeda, 1730
oil on paper affixed to canvas

Jean-Antoine Watteau (1684-1721)
• The Portal of Valenciennes, 1709-1710
oil on canvas

Francois Boucher (1703-1770)
• A Lady on Her Day Bed , 1743
• The Arts and Sciences: Fishing and Hunting, 1750-1752
• The Arts and Sciences: Painting and Sculpture, 1750-1752
• The Arts and Sciences: Architecture and Chemistry, 1750-1752
• The Arts and Sciences: Comedy and Tragedy, 1750-1752
• The Arts and Sciences: Poetry and Music, 1750-1752
• The Arts and Sciences: Fowling and Horticulture, 1750-1752
• The Arts and Sciences: Singing and Dancing, 1750-1752
• The Four Seasons: Summer, 1755/Spring, 1755/Autumn, 1755/Winter, 1755
All oil on canvas

Francois Boucher (1703-1770) (Workshop of)
• Girl with Roses, 1760s
oil on canvas

Jean-Honore Fragonard (1732-1806)
• The Progress of Love: The Lover Crowned, 1771-1773
• The Progress of Love: Love Letters, 1771-1773
• The Progress of Love: The Pursuit, 1771-1773
• The Progress of Love: The Meeting, 1771-1773
• The Progress of Love: Love the Sentinel, 1790-1791
• The Progress of Love: Love Triumphant, 1790-1791
• The Progress of Love: Hollyhocks, 1790-1791
• The Progress of Love: Love the Jester, 1790-1791
• The Progress of Love: Reverie, 1790-1791
• The Progress of Love: Love Pursuing a Dove, 1790-1791
• The Progress of Love: Love the Avenger, 1790-1791
All oil on canvas


El Greco (Domenikos Theotokopoulos) (1541-1614)
• Vincenzo Anastagi, 1571-1576
oil on canvas
• St. Jerome, 1590-1600
oil on canvas
• Purification of the Temple, c.1600
oil on canvas

Diego Rodriguez de Silva y Velazquez (1599-1660)
• King Philip IV of Spain, 1644
oil on canvas

Francisco de Goya y Lucientes (1746-1828)
• Don Pedro, Duque de Osuna, c.1790s
oil on canvas
• An Officer (Conde de Teba), c.1804
oil on canvas
• The Forge, c.1815-1820
oil on canvas
• Portrait of a Lady (María Martínez de Puga), 1824
oil on canvas

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William Hogarth (1697-1764)
• Miss Mary Edwards, 1742
oil on canvas

Sir Joshua Reynolds (1723-1792)
• Lady Cecil Rice, 1762
• General John Burgoyne, c. 1766
• Elizabeth, Lady Taylor, c. 1780
• Selina, Lady Skipwith, 1787
All oil on canvas

Thomas Gainsborough (1727-1788)
• Sarah, Lady Innes, c.1757
• Richard Paul Jodrell, c.1774
• The Hon. Frances Duncombe, c.1777
• Mrs. Peter William Baker, 1781
• Grace Dalrymple Elliott, c.1782
• The Mall in St. James's Park, c. 1783
• Mrs.Charles Hatchett, c.1786
All oil on canvas

George Romney (1734-1802)
• Miss Frances Mary Harford, 1780-1783
• Lady Hamilton as 'Nature', 1782
• Henrietta, Countess of Warwick, and Her Children, 1787-1789
• Charlotte, Lady Milnes, 1788-1792
• Miss Mary Finch-Hatton, 1788
All oil on canvas

Sir Henry Raeburn (1756-1823)
• James Cruikshank, 1805-1808
oil on canvas
• Mrs. James Cruikshank, 1805-1808
oil on canvas
• Alexander Allan, c.1815
oil on canvas

Sir Thomas Lawrence (1769-1830)
• Julia, Lady Peel, 1827
oil on canvas
• Miss Louisa Murray, after 1827
oil on canvas

Joseph Mallord William Turner (1775-1851)
• Fishing Boats Entering Calais Harbour, c. 1803
• The Harbour of Dieppe, 1826
• Cologne: The Arrival of a Packet-Boat: Evening, 1826
• Mortlake Terrace: Early Summer Morning, 1826
• Antwerp: Van Goyen Looking Out for a Subject, 1833
All oil on canvas

John Constable (1776-1837)
• The White Horse, 1819
oil on canvas
• Salisbury Cathedral from the Bishop's Garden, 1826
oil on canvas


Barbizon Landscape School

Jean-Baptiste-Camille Corot (1796 - 1875)
• The Arch of Constantine and the Forum, Rome, 1843
oil on paper mounted on canvas
• Ville-d'Avray, c.1860
• The Lake, 1861
• The Boatman of Mortefontaine, c.1865-1870
• The Pond, c.1868-1870
All oil on canvas

Pierre-Etienne-Theodore Rousseau (1812-1867)
• The Village of Becquigny, c.1857
oil on mahogany panel

Jean-Francois Millet (1814-1875)
• Woman Sewing by Lamplight, 1870-1872
oil on canvas

Impressionism School

Edouard Manet (1832-1883)
• The Bullfight, 1864
oil on canvas

Edgar Degas (1834-1917)
• The Rehearsal, 1878-1879
oil on canvas

Claude Monet (1840-1926)
• Vétheuil in Winter, 1878-1879
oil on canvas

Pierre-Auguste Renoir (1841-1919)
• Mother and Children, 1874-1876
oil on canvas


Gilbert Stuart (1755-1828)
• George Washington, 1795-1796
oil on canvas

James Abbott McNeill Whistler (1834-1903)
• The Ocean, 1866
• Symphony in Flesh Colour and Pink: Portrait of Mrs. Frances Leyland, 1872
• Arrangement in Brown and Black: Portrait of Miss Rosa Corder, 1876-1878
• Harmony in Pink and Grey: Portrait of Lady Meux, 1881-1882
• Arrangement in Black and Gold: Comte Robert de Montesquiou-Fezensac

These works make the Frick Collection one of the finest art museums in America.

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The Frick Collection

1 East 70th Street
New York, NY 10021
Phone: 212-288-0700

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