Artwork of the Week: November 2018 (Week 46)

Alfred Everett Orr, "For Home and Country—Victory Liberty Loan," 1918

Alfred Everett Orr (1886-1927), For Home and Country—Victory Liberty Loan, 1918, poster, 30 x 20 1/8 inches. Brigham Young University Museum of Art, gift of Phillip M. Flammer, 1995.

In conjunction with the exhibition For Home and Country: Posters and Propaganda from the Great War, Sept. 22, 2019 – January 12, 2019.

November 11 is Armistice Day, which commemorates the day when the treaty ending World War I was signed in 1918. In the United States, the day became Veterans Day in 1958, to honor all veterans who have served the country. Today, the BYU Museum of Art gratefully remembers our veterans and those who have sacrificed for freedom and liberty.

Currently, the Museum is celebrating the conclusion of World War I with an exhibition of posters created to support the war cause. Alfred Everett Orr’s For Home and Country, included in the exhibition, depicts a returning father in uniform in the loving embrace of his wife and small son. It is a scene of domestic reunion and bliss, meant not only to celebrate the brave actions of those who enlisted and fought overseas, but also to persuade Americans to provide money for the war through the Liberty Loan program.

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