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  • Delius Buys A Gauguin

    Last week I was transcribing a recording of my interview with the painter, Noel Forster (1932–2007), for a forthcoming monograph on him. Noel recalls his first stay in London, in Lupus Street, Pimlico.

  • A Cosgrave as a Copley

    In 1943, Brooklyn artist Esta Cosgrave (née Esther Flack) (ca. 1900–1952) adopted a quirky style of painting modern-day likenesses in 18th- and 19th–century costumes and poses.

  • Fall 2015

    In 1916, Henry Clay Frick converted his private office at his home on Fifth Avenue into a gallery for the collection of Limoges enamels that he had purchased from the estate of J. Pierpont Morgan for the then-staggering sum of $1,157,500. What was so compelling about these delicate, jewel-like objects that Frick paid such a high price and was willing to sacrifice his sanctuary for their...

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  • Van Dyck Portraits Return to the Galleries

    Monumental Works Offer a Preview of Next Year’s Exhibition

    October 29, 2015

  • Leighton, Whistler, and Aestheticism

    In 1877, James McNeill Whistler sued John Ruskin for libel. Earlier that year, the critic had accused the artist of “flinging a pot of paint in the public’s face” in response to one of his pictures then on view at London’s newly established Grosvenor Gallery.

  • Spring/Summer 2015

    This summer, the Frick offers a variety of special exhibitions that I hope will prompt you to visit our galleries. Frederic Leighton’s striking Flaming June, from the Museo de Arte de Ponce in Puerto Rico, hangs in the Oval Room, the first time in thirty-five years that the painting has been shown in New York.

  • A Frenchman in Cairo

    Twenty-seven percent of the Frick Art Reference Library's book collection has no other library location in WorldCat. One recent addition to these "uniques" is Couronne d'amour: poemes by the cloisonnist painter, Emile Bernard (1868-1941). It was published in 1902 by the Imprimerie E.

  • Winter 2015

    The Frick Collection continues to offer an exceptional calendar of special exhibitions, concerts, events, and a wide variety of educational programs. The importance of education at The Frick Collection — indeed, at any museum — cannot be overstated.

  • A Masterpiece of Spanish Painting Enters the Collection

    When the art historian Jacob Burckhardt visited the Louvre in 1843, a self-portrait by Bartolomé Esteban Murillo stood out amidst the superb Spanish works that made up the Galerie Espagnole, a magnificent collection assembled by King Louis-Philippe. Burckhardt wrote: “Murillo is still one of the greatest who ever lived. Here hangs his portrait (by his own hand).

  • Visualizing the Spanish Artists Dictionary

    Photoarchive intern Alexandra Provo and her collaborator Diana Sapanaro discuss their projects to use visualization technologies and Python scripts to make one of the Library's research tools, Spanish Artists from the Fourth to the Twentieth Century: A Critical Dictionary, accessible to the public in new ways.

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