Last Saturday a friend-colleague took me to see the Huntington Library. In fact, it is not just a library, but also a museum, art gallery and a wonderful garden, arboretum, which collected plants from almost all over the world. The library itself to mere mortals is not of considerable interest, since the book into the hands of no one willing, but the art gallery, which brings together traditional English painting, is amazing. I had personally seen the Blue Boy by Thomas Gainsborough.
San Marino, near Pasadena (near 19 kilometers northeast of downtown Los Angeles), is part of a single cultural complex (which also includes works of art, botanical garden, educational and research center), founded in 1919 by railroad magnate Edward Henry Huntington and his wife, Arabella. This is a scientific-educational institution open to the public in 1928, is a private, nonprofit organization that exists to fund Huntington. Here, surrounded by beautiful gardens, occupying an area of 120 acres, there are 3 art galleries and a library, which shows the excellent collection of sculptures, paintings, manuscripts, unique books and decorative arts.
The most important thing after all, it has Botanical Gardens, which consists of a heap of small gardens in a style, English, Chinese, Japanese and much more wonderful are also present. The only pity is that the day was not very sunny, and I somehow quickly ran out of batteries in fotik.
Gallery Huntington Library contains a comprehensive collection of British and French art of the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries. Collection of works of art, placed in three different galleries featuring special atmosphere and elegant surroundings, simply amazing! Among the masterpieces represented here - "The Boy in Blue" by Thomas Gainsborough (Thomas Gainsborough's The Blue Boy, 1770), "Pinky" - a portrait of eleven Sarah Barrett Maulton brushes Thomas Lawrence (Sir Thomas Lawrence's Pinkie (Sarah Barrett Moulton), 1794), "The Long Leg" Edward Hopper (Edward Hopper) and "Madonna and Child" Flemish painter Rogier van der Weyden (Rogier van der Weyden's Madonna and Child).
The Huntington Library, Art Collections and Botanical Gardens have acquired two works for its collection of American art.
The first acquisition, Untitled was performed by Sargent Claude Johnson, a significant artist of African-American scene. One recognizes in this work shows his taste for animal-like African and Amerindian. The Huntington has long wanted an African-American work to provide a comprehensive overview of American art.
The second acquisition is a painting titled Harlem Flats (Back Lot Laundry), made around 1907 by Ernest Lawson. Lawson was among a group of Eight, from the Ashcan School. It is characterized by its realism and its illustrations in poor neighborhoods of New York. The Huntington has long wanted to acquire this table to complete his vast collection of works of Eight. The work was part of the first major solo exhibition of Lawson and helped launch his career.
The Huntington Library, Art Collections and Botanical Gardens are an Educational and Research Institutions by Henry ...