Watercolors

Painting of black horse head with black leather and brass bridle
Adolph Menzel, 1815–1905: Master Drawings from East Berlin
September 11, 1990 to November 18, 1990

An exhibition of seventy-eight drawings and watercolors lent from the Nationalgalerie in East Berlin, which holds over 4,000 of the extant Menzel drawings. This survey of the great German master's career was the first exhibition devoted to his work in the United States.

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detail of painting depicting four military musicians playing wind instruments surrounding two stacked drums.
Drawings and Watercolors of Thomas Rowlandson
February 6, 1990 to April 8, 1990

A loan exhibition of watercolors and drawings by the celebrated eighteenth- and nineteenth-century English caricaturist Thomas Rowlandson. The eighty-four works in this exhibition were drawn from forty international collections both public and private. Thomas Rowlandson (1756-1827) was a colorful personality and a versatile and prolific artist best known for portraying aristocrats and the English middle class with an eye for comic incident.

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painting of interior with piano and breakfast table, and paintings hing on the walls salon-style.
An Album of Nineteenth-Century Interiors: Watercolors from Two Private Collections
May 20, 1992 to August 23, 1992

An exhibition composed of watercolors illustrating more than sixty nineteenth-century interiors, from cottages to palaces.  Just as proud owners today might wish to preserve the appearance of their homes on film, polaroid, or video, the householders of the last century frequently engaged artists to record their dwellings.  The works in the exhibition were chosen from two private collections — one American, the other European — which together provided a unique survey of this very special genre of nineteenth-century art.

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cover of exhibition catalog showing 18th century people standing on a beach with ships in the distance
Eighteenth-Century Dutch Watercolors from the Rijksmuseum Printroom, Amsterdam
September 13, 1993 to November 7, 1993

More than seventy watercolors from the print room of the Rijksmuseum were on view at The Frick Collection. The exhibition comprised supreme examples of one very special form of art from Holland's so-called Silver Age (1700–1800): the watercolor drawing. The selection made by Dr. J. W. Niemeijer, Emeritus Director of the print room and guest curator for the exhibition, introduced to the American public a chapter of Dutch art that was little known in this country.

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Drawing of shipyard with large anchors laying on their sides in the foreground.
The Golden Age of Danish Art: Drawings from the Royal Museum of Fine Arts, Copenhagen
June 13, 1995 to August 13, 1995

American audiences were offered their first comprehensive introduction to drawings and watercolors from the "Golden Age" of Danish art (1815–48) at The Frick Collection. The selection of seventy-two examples from the rich holdings of Denmark's premier art museum included portraits, landscapes, city views, genre and mythological scenes by eleven of the nation's finest artists.

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