The Frick’s Permanent Collections

Claude Monet (French, 1840-1926).  Bords de la Seine a Lavacourt, 1879.  Oil on canvas, 22 7/8 x 31 ½ in. Frick Art & Historical Center.

The collections at the Frick Art & Historical Center encompass a wide variety of: fine and decorative arts, cars, carriages, buildings, and other items related to the Frick family’s life in Pittsburgh.

The Frick’s collections are the legacy of Helen Clay Frick, who inherited Clayton and its contents at her father’s death in 1919. Helen Clay Frick took her father’s stated mission of "encouraging and developing the study of the fine arts and of advancing the general knowledge of kindred subjects" to heart.

She also inherited a group of paintings, furniture, carriages, bronzes, and other decorative arts that were housed at the family’s summer home, Eagle Rock in Prides Crossing, Massachusetts,
which she later brought to Pittsburgh.


A collector in her own right; Helen Clay Frick’s main interests were early Renaissance painting and eighteenth-century French painting and decorative art. Her purchases form the core of the collection displayed at The Frick Art Museum. In addition to The Frick Art Museum, collections are displayed in Clayton and the Car and Carriage Museum.