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West Gallery Rembrandt

During Frick’s lifetime, the Rembrandt paintings were hung together on the north wall of the West Gallery.

 

 

 

 

 

West Gallery, Frick Residence, 1927

 

 

 

 

 

West Gallery Vermeer

The three Vermeer paintings were hung in close proximity to one another along the same wall of the West Gallery.

Unfortunately, there were no photographs taken of the Frick Residence before Frick's death in 1919; however, these photographs taken in 1927 reflect the Frick residence as it was during his lifetime.

 

West Gallery, Frick Residence, 1927

 

Vermeer Invoice

M. Knoedler & Co. invoice for Vermeer’s Officer and Laughing Girl purchased by Henry Clay Frick on November 13, 1911, for $225,000. Bill Book No. 1, Henry Clay Frick Art Collection Files

Vermeer Girl Interrupted

Frick’s purchase of Portrait of a Young Artist ushered in a new phase of his collecting, which had previously focused on French academic and Barbizon painters. Just two years later, in 1901, Frick acquired Vermeer’s Girl Interrupted at Her Music

 

 

 

 

 

Johannes Vermeer (1632-1675), Girl Interrupted at Her Music, c. 1658-59

 

 

 

 

 

Rembrandt Portrait Young Artist

The Frick Collection contains exceptional Dutch works of its own, including three Vermeers and three Rembrandts, along with works by Hals, Cuyp, Hobbema, and Wouwerman. Henry Clay Frick's acquisition of Old Master paintings began with Rembrandt and ended with Vermeer. Frick acquired the Portrait of a Young Artist (now attributed to a follower of Rembrandt) through Arthur Tooth & Sons in 1899.

 

 

 

Rembrandt Harmensz. van Rijn (Follower of) (1606 - 1669), Portrait of a Young Artist, 1650s

 

 

Dordrecht: Sunrise

Almost forty years later, Helen Clay Frick, Mr. Frick's daughter, visited the Netherlands again, this time compiling a detailed scrapbook describing her trip. On September 15, 1932, she passed through Dordrecht, the subject of a Cuyp painting in her father's collection.

 

 

 

Aelbert Cuyp (1620-1691), Dordrecht: Sunrise, c. 1650

 

 

 

Travel Scrapbook 3

Several works depicted in Miss Frick's scrapbook are currently on view at The Frick Collection, including Vermeer's Girl with a Pearl Earring, Fabritius' The Goldfinch, seen here, and Steen's "As the Old Sing, So Pipe the Young," seen on the preceding page.

 

 

 

 

 

Travel scrapbook from a trip to France and the Netherlands, 1932. Helen Clay Frick Papers, Series: Travel

 

 

 

 

 

Alfred Cook's "Progress Photographs"

Black-and-white photograph of a light fixture.
From 1931 to 1935, Alfred Cook, a footman to the Frick family, documented the transformation of the Frick’s Gilded Age mansion into a public art gallery and research center in a series of evocative “progress photographs.”

Artist Archives Initiative: New Research Models for Contemporary Artists

Link to video of Artist Archives Initiative discussion
Deena Engel and Glenn Wharton discuss the Artist Archives Initiative at New York University (NYU), a collaboration to develop public resources about contemporary artists beginning with David Wojnarowicz and Joan Jonas. The initiative responds to a growing need for art world professionals and academic researchers to work with artists in building information resources to aid scholarship, conservation, and future exhibition of their work.

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