Edgar Munhall

Lidded silver dish with supine bird on top
English 18th Century Silver in The Frick Collection
November 13, 1978 to March 18, 1979

Following the previous summer's exhibition devoted to bronzes by Severo Calzetta, this was the second exhibition to focus on lesser-known aspects of The Frick Collection — in this case eleven eighteenth and early nineteenth-century objects in silver or silver-gilt by Paul De Lamerie, William Pitts, Paul Storr, Benjamin and James Smith, and the London monogrammist I S. Complementing these pieces were twenty-eight borrowed works by the same artisans and their contemporary silversmiths Daniel Garnier, Pierre Platel, William Lukin and Nicholas Sprimont.

watercolor painting of boat on the river Seine in Paris.
Francois-Marius Granet: Watercolors from the Musée Granet at Aix-en-Provence
November 21, 1988 to January 15, 1989

An exhibition of sixty watercolors by Granet lent by The Musée Granet in Aix-en-Provence, organized by The Frick Collection. The works were painted after 1830 and show views of Paris, Versailles, and the Ile-de-France. After New York, the show traveled to the Cleveland Museum of Art and the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco.

Painting of full length portrait of man in formal dress with a cape draped across his arm and holding a walking stick
The Butterfly and The Bat: Whistler and Montesquiou
November 14, 1995 to January 28, 1996

Another in-depth exhibition devoted to a single painting in The Frick Collection, this one focused on Whistler's celebrated portrait Arrangement in Black and Gold: Comte Robert de Montesquiou-Fezensac, first exhibited in 1894.

Pastel bust portrait of Nicolas-Pierre-Baptiste Anselme with white scarf, blue coat, and powdered hair.
Greuze, A Portraitist for the ‘90s
February 20, 1996 to April 28, 1996

A small exhibition focused on a pair of pastel portraits by Jean-Baptiste Greuze (1725–1805) that had recently been acquired by the museum: Baptiste Aîné and Madame Baptiste Aîné. Executed in Paris in the early 1790s, these dramatic images of a famous actor and his wife belong to an impressive series of portraits that Greuze painted and drew during the turbulent years of the French Revolution.

Cover of the catalogue for the exhibition Greuze: The Draftsman
Greuze: The Draftsman
May 14, 2002 to August 4, 2002

This exhibition was the first devoted exclusively to the drawings of Jean-Baptiste Greuze (1725–1805), the remarkable eighteenth-century French painter and draftsman.

Link to video of Edgar Munhall discussing Whistler’s 'Arrangement in Black and Gold'

Curator Emeritus Edgar Munhall discusses Whistler’s "Arrangement in Black and Gold, Comte Robert de Montesquiou-Fezensac" from the exhibition Portraits, Pastels, Prints: Whistler in The Frick Collection, June 2 through August 23, 2009.