New York, The Frick Collection

Scholar and art historian and collector Frits Lugt, or Frederick Johannes Lugt, contributed to the field of art research through two pioneering publications: Les marques de collections de dessins et d’estampes and Répertoire des catalogues d ventes publiques intéressant l’art ou la curiosité, which remain a reference point, almost a century later.

A born collector, by the age of eight Lugt made his first sale – a shell collection, which was acquired by the natural history department of Amsterdam’s Royal Zoo. During the early 20th century, when Lugt was in his 30s, he began to specialize in Dutch and Flemish drawings and prints, and was among the founders and main supporters of the institute devoted to the study of Netherlandish art, the Rijksbureau voor Kunsthistorische Documentatie (RKD), established in 1930.

In the late 1940s, he created the Fondation Custodia in Paris, which housed his collection of 6,000 old master drawings and 30,000 prints, making it one of the finest collections among art experts. However, the Frits Lugt collection surprisingly, remains a relative secret among the public, which is all the more reason not to miss the Custodia’s impressive collection of French Master drawings at The Frick Collection as they make their New York debut.

October 6, 2009, through January 10, 2010
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New York, NY 10021
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