Colin B. Bailey

Colin B. Bailey was formerly Deputy Director and Peter Jay Sharp Chief Curator of The Frick Collection. His is currently Director of the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco.

 

black chalk drawings on sheet, including standing astronomical clock and various women, circa 1773

Gabriel de Saint-Aubin (1724–1780)

October 30, 2007 to January 27, 2008

The Frick Collection presented an exhibition devoted to the art of Gabriel de Saint-Aubin, one of the most original and innovative French artists of the Enlightenment. The fruit of many years’ research by curators on both sides of the Atlantic, the exhibition was the first major Saint-Aubin retrospective in more than eighty years and the first ever to include works from both European and North American collections. It was also the first such collaborative effort between The Frick Collection and the Musée du Louvre, where the show will be on view from February 27 to May 26, 2008.

three Vermeer oil paintings, including, man and woman seated at open window, woman handing paper to seated woman, and man standing over the shoulder of seated woman, circa 1600s

Frick’s Vermeers Reunited

June 3, 2008 to November 23, 2008

Particularly beloved among the paintings at The Frick Collection are its three works by Johannes Vermeer (1632– 1675), Officer and Laughing Girl(left), Mistress and Maid (center), and Girl Interrupted at Her Music (right).These rare canvases were purchased by Henry Clay Frick before his death in 1919. This summer, the institution offers visitors their first opportunity in nearly ten years to examine the paintings together on one wall.

oil painting of lemons, oranges, and cup on a table against black background

Masterpieces of European Painting from the Norton Simon Museum

February 10, 2009 to May 10, 2009

The Frick Collection presented a selection of five masterpieces of European painting from the highly acclaimed Norton Simon Museum in Pasadena, California. The exhibition, on view in the Oval Room from February 10 through May 10, 2009, afforded New York and East Coast audiences the occasion to see superb masterworks from the collections of the Norton Simon Art Foundation and The Norton Simon Foundation, a very special opportunity as both institutions generally do not allow their works to travel.

Oil painting of a young girl leaning out a window sill.

Masterpieces of European Painting from Dulwich Picture Gallery

March 9, 2010 to May 30, 2010

Dulwich Picture Gallery holds one of the world's major collections of seventeenth- and eighteenth-century paintings. The exhibition, which heralds the Gallery’s bicentenary in 2011, reintroduces American audiences to this institution’s collection through an exceptional group of works, to be shown exclusively at the Frick through May 30, 2010.

Print of a man's head.

Rembrandt and His School: Masterworks from the Frick and Lugt Collections

February 15, 2011 to May 15, 2011

When Henry Clay Frick (1849–1919) was asked whose talents he would most like to possess, he declared: "Rembrandt's." And as the largest individual railway stockholder in the world, Frick is reported to have said that "railways are the Rembrandts of investment." Like Frick, the Dutch art historian Frederik Johannes Lugt (1884–1970) was a great admirer and collector of works by the Dutch artist Rembrandt van Rijn (1606–1669); as a teenager he wrote a biography of the artist, illustrated with his own copies after Rembrandt's most famous works.

chalk drawing of woman in long robe reclining in chair with footrest, palm against the cheek

Watteau to Degas: French Drawings from the Frits Lugt Collection

October 6, 2009 to January 10, 2010

Frederik Johannes Lugt (1884–1970) was a Dutch art historian, connoisseur, and collector.

painting of a woman with two small girls in matching blue fur trimmed coats walking in a garden
Renoir, Impressionism, and the Full-Length Format, February 7, 2012, through May 13, 2012

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