Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Images of the Great War Exhibition Opening

2014 marks the 100th anniversary of the start of World War I.  To commemorate the four-year war, The President Woodrow Wilson House teamed up with the Anne S.K. Brown Military Collection at the Brown University Library to present “Images of the Great War: The European Offensives—1914-1916”, an art exhibition featuring prints, drawings, and water-colors depicting scenes from the Great War.   The featured works include artists from France, the United Kingdom, Italy, the Netherlands, Austria, Turkey, and Switzerland. 

Peter Harrington and Stephanie Daugherty visit with guests.
All of the pieces in the exhibition draw on emotions from the war and help convey what people affected by the war were feeling. 

 “Goodbye, Old Man” by F. Matania shows the sadness of a soldier saying goodbye to his wounded horse.  “British stretcher bearer” by Maurice Greiffenhagen shows the pain of a wounded soldier being given aid by another soldier.  These are just two examples of the many emotions of the pieces in the exhibition.    

The gallery opened on Thursday, April 3, 2014, drawing in nearly 85 guests to the exhibition and reception.  Curators Peter Harrington, from Brown University Library, and Stephanie Daugherty, of the Wilson House, were available to share their knowledge of the images while guests viewed the exhibition in the gallery.  The second floor of Mr. and Mrs. Wilson’s house was open for visitors to enjoy company and refreshments.  Visitors had a chance to speak to director Bob Enholm and view the rooms on the second floor.  A good time was had by all, and the evening was a success.
Director Bob Enholm with guests

Make sure to stop by the President Woodrow Wilson House to see the exhibition “Images of the Great War: The European Offensives —1914-1916”.  The artworks will be up in the gallery until August 10, 2014. You can visit the house from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm Tuesdays through Sundays, with the exception of Easter and other major holidays. 

-Bethany Hagen  

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