The Frick Pittsburgh will present Van Gogh, Monet, Degas: The Mellon Collection of French Art from the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, an exhibition featuring more than 70 masterpieces collected by Pittsburgh-born collector and philanthropist, Paul Mellon (1907-1999), beginning in spring 2018. The exhibition will be on view at The Frick Art Museum from March 17 through July 8, 2018, and will be complemented by a range of public programs.
The Frick will be the first of a select group of museums to present this touring exhibition, which includes three works by Vincent Van Gogh (1853–1890): The Laundry Boat on the Seine at Asnières (1887), Daisies, Arles (1888), and The Wheat Field behind St. Paul’s Hospital, St. Rémy (1889). Claude Monet (1840-1926) is represented by four works in the show, including a large, late work capturing the dazzling irises in his garden at Giverny, and 10 works by Degas (1834-1917) are featured—including the artist’s most famous sculpture, The Little Dancer.
Covering more than 150 years of French art, the exhibition includes a beautiful and intimate group of Impressionist paintings by Édouard Manet (1882-1883), Pierre August Renoir (1841-1919), Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec (1864-1901), Alfred Sisley (1839-1899), and Camille Pissarro (1830–1903), as well as iconic works by Romantic masters Théodore Géricault (1791-1824) and Eugène Delacroix (1798-1863) and the Post-Impressionist and modernist work of Henri Matisse (1869-1954), Pablo Picasso (1881-1973) and Pierre Bonnard (1867-1947).
Van Gogh, Monet, Degas will dazzle audiences with masterpieces from every important school of French art from Romanticism through the School of Paris. A number of works included in the exhibition were only recently given to the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts and have not been seen publicly for a generation. In addition to the aforementioned artists, nearly all of the great names associated with French art of the 19th-and early-20th-century are represented in this exhibition, including Paul Cézanne (1939-1906), Gustave Courbet (1819-1877), Paul Gauguin (1848-1903), Berthe Morisot (1841-1895), and Georges Seurat (1859–1891), among many others.
Renowned as one of the great collectors and philanthropists of the 20th century, Paul Mellon’s lifelong love of art resulted in extraordinary gifts to three institutions he held dear: the National Gallery of Art, Yale University, and the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts. Mellon served as a Trustee of the Virginia Museum for an unprecedented 41 years, from 1939-1979, and in 1985 was instrumental in the construction of a new wing to house his collection of British, American and French sporting art and works by French artists of the Romantic, Impressionist and Post-Impressionist periods.
Paul Mellon was the son of Henry Clay Frick’s close friend and colleague, Andrew Mellon (1855-1937). Both Frick and Andrew Mellon became known for their legacies as art collectors, the roots of which were formed when they traveled to Europe together in 1880. Paul Mellon grew up in this milieu of collecting and philanthropy and was an avid collector throughout his life.
Major exhibition program support is provided by the Richard King Mellon Foundation.
Image: Edgar Degas (French, 1834–1917), Little Dancer Aged Fourteen (Petite danseuse de quatorze ans), model executed ca. 1880; cast in 1922. Bronze with net tutu and hair ribbon. 38 1/2″H x 141/2″W x 141/4″D; base: 21/4″H x 191/2″W x 12″D. Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, Richmond. State Operating Fund and the Art Lovers’ Society. Photo: Travis Fullerton. © Virginia Museum of Fine Arts.
Fashioning Art from Paper
Belgian artist Isabelle de Borchgrave’s marvelous paper costumes will be on view at the Frick during the fall of 2018 as part of the artist’s first touring retrospective exhibition. Co-organized by the Frick in collaboration with four other American museums, this major exhibition presents the full breadth of de Borchgrave’s exploration of historical costume through contemporary paper sculpture. If you’ve never seen the artist’s work, you will be delighted by these breathtaking, life-size renditions of historic clothing created completely from artfully painted, pleated, crumpled, and manipulated paper.
From replicas of Renaissance Italian gowns to recreations of the fantastical modernist costumes of the Ballet Russes, Isabelle de Borchgrave’s work is meticulously crafted and astonishingly beautiful. The artist’s interest in creating paper costumes was sparked by a visit to the Metropolitan Museum of Art in 1994, where she found herself inspired by the historic costumes on display. Back in her studio, she began to experiment with creating renditions of the pieces in paper. Since then, de Borchgrave’s paper costumes have been featured in major exhibitions around the world.
This immersive exhibition celebrates the breadth of de Borchgrave’s work with costume and fashion history and is designed to introduce her work to a wider audience. De Borchgrave’s paper sculptures are masterpieces of trompe l’oeil—even upon close inspection it is often difficult to discern that the costumes are made of paper. At the Frick, de Borchgrave’s work will be exhibited throughout the museum, creating a dialogue with the museum’s collection. Joining the exhibition will be the Frick’s recently commissioned piece inspired by one of our best-known masterpieces—Peter Paul Rubens’ Portrait of Charlotte- Marguerite de Montmorency, Princess of Condé.
The exhibition will include examples from all the artist’s major series, beginning with her exploration of 300 years of fashion history in the works created for Papiers à la Mode. The works from her Splendors of the Medici series are inspired by Italian Renaissance costumes portrayed in Old Master paintings. Her next series, The World of Mariano Fortuny explored the work of the iconoclastic Spanish fashion designer, famously based in Venice, and her most recent series, Les Ballet Russes features fantastical modernist costumes designed by artists like Picasso, Bakst, and Matisse. The Frick’s recent commission will be the only new piece included in the exhibition.
Isabelle de Borchgrave: Fashioning Art from Paper has been planned in collaboration with the Dixon Gallery and Gardens, Memphis; the Oklahoma City Museum; the Society of the Four Arts, Palm Beach, Florida; and the Baker Museum, Naples, Florida. A fully illustrated color catalogue accompanies the exhibition.
Image: Inspired by Rubens’ Portrait of Charlotte-Marguerite de Montmorency, Princess of Condé, this gown created by artist Isabelle de Borchgrave is part of a touring exhibition that will be presented at The Frick Art Museum in fall 2018.