Frederic Leighton’s Flaming June to be on View at The Frick Collection Next Summer

Oil painting of sleeping woman in orange dress curled up on bench

Next summer, The Frick Collection will present Frederic Leighton’s celebrated painting Flaming June from the Museo de Arte de Ponce in Puerto Rico. This monumental image of a sleeping woman in a brilliant orange gown is a masterpiece of British painting that has never been shown publicly in New York City. Indeed, as a collection highlight of its home institution, the work is seldom lent and is rarely shown in the United States. The work will be installed on a wall in the center of the Oval Room, surrounded by the Frick’s four full-length portraits by James McNeill Whistler, an artist who was part of Leighton’s London circle. Both artists responded in different ways to the Aesthetic movement, a precursor to modernism. This single-work exhibition will be accompanied by an illustrated booklet with essays by Frick Senior Curator Susan Grace Galassi and by Pablo Perez d’Ors, Associate Curator of European Paintings, Museo de Arte de Ponce. Comments Galassi, “We are very happy to have this opportunity to present a work by Frederic Leighton and to collaborate with the distinguished Puerto Rican museum―both for the first time. Seeing the British painter’s arresting masterpiece surrounded by the four full-length portraits by the American expatriate―long familiar to a Frick audience―will bring out the distinctive qualities of each of these dominating figures. We also look forward to deepening the experience for visitors through related public programming and other offerings.” Support for the exhibition is generously provided by The Peter Jay Sharp Foundation and Marianna and Juan Sabater.  

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