Portrait and landscape subjects dominate the galleries at the Frick today, a reminder that the collection was never intended to be encyclopedic in its scope; rather, it represents the aesthetic preferences of the founder, Henry Clay Frick, who was counseled by notable experts. Just as telling as what the collection contains is what it does not: scenes of war, nudes, myths, and still lifes are relatively few, since these subjects did not much appeal to the great industrialist, who preferred paintings he found "pleasant to live with."

Excerpted from: Bailey, Colin B. et al., The Frick Collection, New York (New York: The Frick Collection with Fondation BNP PARIBAS and Réunion des musées nationaux, Paris, 2011), 25.

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