A visit to The Frick Collection evokes the splendor and tranquility of a time gone by and at the same time testifies to how great art collections can still inspire viewers today. Housed in the New York mansion built by Henry Clay Frick (1849-1919), one of America’s most successful coke and steel industrialists, are masterpieces of Western painting, sculpture, and decorative art, displayed in a serene and intimate setting. Each of sixteen galleries offers a unique presentation of works of art arranged for the most part without regard to period or national origin, in the same spirit as Mr. Frick enjoyed the art he loved before he bequeathed it to the public.
Both the mansion and the works in it serve as a monument to one of America‘s greatest art collectors. Built in 1913–14 from designs by the firm Carrère and Hastings, the house is set back from Fifth Avenue by an elevated garden punctuated by three magnificent magnolia trees.
Frick Art Reference Library
This Library is one of the world‘s great repositories for the documentation and visual study of Western Art and serves as the research arm of The Frick Collection. The Library was founded in 1920 by Helen Clay Frick as a memorial to her father, Henry Clay Frick, to further her father‘s stated goals for The Frick Collection. Today the Library’s holdings of books, periodicals, auction sale catalogs, special collections and archives complement the photo archive to comprise one of the world’s most valued art research centers and the most comprehensive resource on the history of collecting and patronage.