Henry Clay Frick had a deep appreciation for Spanish painting, particularly the work of El Greco, the extraordinary Greek artist who, after a brief period in Italy, spent most of his life in Toledo, Spain. Frick traveled to Spain twice and acquired three works by the artist between 1905 and 1913. Here they are displayed side by side for the first time in a presentation organized in concert with El Greco in New York at the Metropolitan Museum of Art. Together, the two exhibitions show all of El Greco’s work in New York public collections and mark the 400th anniversary of the painter’s death.
Sir Gerald Kelly (1879–1972), Portrait of Mr. Frick in the West Gallery, 1925. Oil on canvas. Frick Art & Historical Center, Pittsburgh