Artwork of the Week: May 30, 2022
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.
On this Memorial day holiday, we express gratitude to so many men and women who have sacrificed so much for our freedoms. As we remember those who have given their lives, we gratefully acknowledge that our liberty exists because of so many who fight for our country.
Alfred Everett Orr’s For Home and Country 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 World War I through the Liberty Loan program.