1999

Exhibitions presented at The Frick Collection during 1999.

 

Velázquez in New York Museums

November 16, 1999 to January 30, 2000

To mark the four-hundredth anniversary of the birth of Diego Rodríguez de Silva y Velázquez (1599–1660), The Frick Collection brought together for the first time six of the Spanish master’s portraits belonging to public collections in New York.

 

Henry Clay Frick as a Collector of Drawings

December 14, 1999 to January 30, 2000

Marking the 150th Anniversary of the birthday of founder Henry Clay Frick (1849–1919), this small exhibition drew attention to a lesser-known aspect of the broad collecting interests of the museum's founder. Ten drawings that Mr. Frick acquired between 1913 and 1916 — including examples in various media by Rembrandt Harmensz van Rijn, Thomas Gainsborough, Daniel Gardner, and James McNeill Whistler — were on view in the Cabinet Gallery in the museum's first floor, along with related documents and photographs. Though Mr.

 

Constable's Salisbury Cathedral: Two Versions Reunited

September 21, 1999 to December 31, 1999

Between 1820 and 1826, John Constable (1776–1837) executed three oil sketches and three finished paintings depicting Salisbury Cathedral from the south side, rising over the green expanse of the bishop's grounds. All are linked to a commission of 1822 from Constable's friend and patron Bishop John Fisher, who asked him to develop one of the sketches into a finished work. Instead, Constable set out afresh, producing a canvas for the bishop that he exhibited to critical acclaim at the Royal Academy in 1823.

Watteau and His World: French Drawing from 1700 to 1750

October 20, 1999 to January 9, 2000

This comprehensive survey of drawings by Jean-Antoine Watteau (1684–1721) and some of his leading contemporaries included more than sixty-five drawings lent from public and private collections in North America. A core of some thirty-five drawings by Watteau himself demonstated the evolution and range of his graphic art, with examples of all the signficant subjects that he drew and all the genres and graphic media in which he worked.

 

Manet's The Dead Toreador and The Bullfight: Fragments of a Lost Salon Painting Reunited

May 25, 1999 to August 29, 1999

In another in a series of single-picture loan exhibitions, The Frick Collection displayed for three months one of the most famous paintings by Édouard Manet (1832-83), The Dead Toreador, on loan from the National Gallery of Art, Washington. It was hung beside the Collection's own Manet oil, The Bullfight. Both paintings were originally part of a larger work, Incident in a Bullfight, exhibited at the Paris Salon of 1864.

 

The Medieval Housebook: A View of Fifteenth-Century Life

May 18, 1999 to July 25, 1999

The Medieval Housebook, a compendium of secular texts accompanied by full-page pen-and-ink illustrations, many of them enhanced with color, presented a remarkable view of life in a princely court at the end of the late Middle Ages. The book, which has been in the family of the counts of Waldburg Wolfegg since the end of the seventeenth century, was temporarily disbound for the creation of a facsimile edition, providing a unique opportunity to display the individual sheets.

 

Drouais' Portrait of Madame de Pompadour from The National Gallery, London

January 26, 1999 to May 13, 1999

On view for the first time in the United States, the celebrated full-length portrait of Madame de Pompadour by the French artist François-Hubert Drouais (1727–75) was presented at New York's Frick Collection. Regarded as one of the greatest and most popular treasures at the National Gallery in London, the portrait was the last one painted of the Marquise de Pompadour, the influential mistress of French King Louis XV.

 

French and English Drawings of the Eighteenth and Nineteenth Centuries from the National Gallery of Canada

February 9, 1999 to April 25, 1999

This exhibition of sixty-seven drawings from the collection of the National Gallery of Canada was organized by that museum in collaboration with The Frick Collection. It offered a rich sampling of the treasures assembled by the Department of Prints and Drawings since its founding in 1921, including works by Boucher and Degas acquired only last year. On the English side, artists represented include Bonington, Constable, Flaxman, Hogarth, Palmer, and Turner; among the French artists are Courbet, David, Delacroix, Fragonard, Greuze, Redon, and Watteau.

 

Figurative Invention: Drawings from the Permanent Collection

December 22, 1998 to January 3, 1999

This exhibition presented drawings from the fifteenth to nineteenth centuries that displayed several modes of depicting figures. Some were drawings of figures or costumes copied from life and intended as preparatory studies for painted compositions. Others were individual or grouped figures that spring from the artist's imagination or are based on his observation of the world around him. Whether compositional studies or finished works of art, all the drawings focused on the figure as a means of exploring form, narrative, or individual spirit.

 

Victorian Fairy Painting

October 14, 1998 to January 17, 1999

Critically and commercially popular during the nineteenth century was the intriguing and distinctly British genre of Victorian fairy painting, the subject of an exhibition that came to The Frick Collection. The paintings and works on paper, roughly thirty in number, were selected by Edgar Munhall, Curator of The Frick Collection, from a comprehensive touring exhibition — the first of its type for this subject. The original exhibition was organized by the University of Iowa Museum of Art and the Royal Academy of Arts, London.