The Frick Collection's first show built around a single work of art was a loan exhibition devoted to Ingres's celebrated portrait of the Comtesse d'Haussonville. The exhibition documented the evolution of the portrait, from hesistant sketches to the brilliant final canvas, and the life and character of the subject, including Mme. d'Haussonville's memoirs and her will.
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Forty-five masterpieces of Japanese and Chinese porcelain in elaborate European metal mounts began a three-museum tour at the Frick Collection. A number of drawings related to these unusual works of art were also on view. Organized and circulated by the International Exhibitions Foundation in Washington, D.C., this exhibition presented a wide range of exotic objects created for the high society of their time.
This group of works by Ingres, culled from the thousands of drawings the French master bequeathed to his native town of Montauban at his death in 1867, was selected by the French-Israeli artist Avigdor Arikha. The fifty drawings were done in a wide range of media and cover all periods of the artist's long and prolific career. They included landscapes and portraits, as well as figural, drapery and compositional studies. The exhibition traveled from The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston,where it was shown earlier in the year.
The Trustees of the Robert Lehman Collection at the Metropolitan Museum of Art graciously lent Ingres's portrait of the Princesse de Broglie to The Frick Collection to be exhibited alongside the Frick portrait of the subject's sister-in-law, the Comtesse d’Haussonville, as a complement to the exhibition J.-A.-D. Ingres: Fifty Life Drawings from the Musée Ingres at Montauban. This occasion marked the first time the two portraits have been seen together since the posthumous Ingres exhibition of 1867.