Wednesday, September 4, 2013

17. The Frick Collection

Well today I fell in love again ...

This time with another art museum in New York - The Frick Collection ... I guess you could be crass and call it a boutique Gallery. It is not large - set in what was once a private home - and the museum doesn't draw large crowds ( thankfully ).

I can't show you any images - as photography is not allowed inside the gallery. But I have sneeked a few in from Google at the end of this posting just to show you what I am talking about ...

The Frick Collection is housed in the former Henry Clay Frick's home ( he was a steel magnate, industrialist and art patron 1849 - 1919 ).  The Mansion was designed by Thomas Hastings and constructed in 1913-1914, and it was enlarged in the early 1930s to adapt it to use as a public institution. It opened to the public on December 16, 1935. The Frick Home was built at a time when almost every building on Fifth Avenue above 59th Street was a private mansion, with a few private clubs and a hotel.

The Main Entrance in 70th Street 
 
Side Garden from the street - through iron bars 
 
Front of Museum from 5th Avenue - opp Central Park
 
Try to imagine being in a grand home with room after room filled with paintings by Titian, Hans Holbein, Gainsborough, Constable, Reynolds, Rembrandt, Whistler, Goya ... the list goes on and on ...
 
Then image if you can, standing three feet out from a Joseph Turner painting the size of my bathroom ... gulp ... well I been there / done that today !!!
 
Images of the interior of the The Frick Museum - downloaded from Google search engine...
 


 
Images of the interior of the The Frick Museum - downloaded from Google search engine...
 
 
Well that was my adventure for the day - Marble tomorrow ...