Your Country Calls! Posters of the First World WarAug. 2-Nov. 3, 2014
Aug. 2-Nov. 3, 2014
Library, West Hall
In commemoration of the start of World War I in the summer of 1914, this centennial exhibition in the Library’s West Hall illustrates how a global war was waged not just by soldiers on battlefields and politicians in offices, but by civilian populations of men, women, and children on the home fronts of combatant nations including Canada, England, France, and the United States.
Highlights of American Drawings and Watercolors from The Huntington’s Art CollectionsJuly 19, 2014-Jan. 5, 2015
July 19, 2014-Jan. 5, 2015
Virginia Steele Scott Galleries of American Art, Susan and Stephen Chandler Wing
Thirty rarely seen masterworks from The Huntington’s significant collection of American drawings and watercolors are on view during this six-month-long exhibition. The installation highlights drawings by John Singer Sargent and Grant Wood, pastels by Mary Cassatt and Edwin Austin Abbey, and watercolors by Winslow Homer and Charles Burchfield. Some works will be rotated with others by the same artists in October 2014 for conservation reasons.
Henry Fuseli’s The Three WitchesOct. 11, 2014-March 30, 2015
Oct. 11, 2014-March 30, 2015
The Huntington’s newly acquired painting, The Three Witches
or The Weird Sisters
by Anglo-Swiss painter Henry Fuseli (1741–1825), appears to be a finished, full-size study for one of the artist’s best-known compositions. The Huntington’s version of the work was in private hands since its creation around 1782, and this installation marks the first time it has been on public display. The painting depicts the pivotal moment in Shakespeare’s tragedy Macbeth
(act 1, scene 3) when the protagonist encounters a demonic trio of witches who foretell his fate. Fuseli revels in the play’s ominous mood, tripling the motif of hooded head, extended hand, and sealed lips of the mannish figures, whose appearance is taken directly from Shakespeare’s description: “… you should be women, And yet your beards forbid me to interpret / That you are so.”