The collection of European painting, sculpture, drawings and prints at the Huntington Museum of Art range in date from the mid 16th century up to the mid 20th century and contains approximately 555 works.
Among the strongest areas are works by 19th century French artists of the Barbizon School. This collection was donated by one of the Museum’s founders, Herbert Fitzpatrick, who also donated his collection of Georgian silver, Islamic prayer rugs, an impressive collection of American and European paintings and prints, as well as the 52 acres of property on which the Museum sits.
The French Barbizon collection includes some of the Museum’s greatest treasures, including landscapes by Theodore Rousseau (1812-1867), Charles-François Daubigny (1817-1878), Narcisse Virgilio Diaz de la Peña (1807-1876), and Jean Baptiste Camille Corot (1796-1875). Other works portray people working in the landscape, and depictions of farm animals by Julien Dupre (1851-1910), Jules Adolphe Breton (1827-1906), Jean François Millet (1814-1875), Leon L'hermitte (1844-1925), and Charles Emile Jacque (1813-1894).
British Portraits of the 18th century were donated by George L. Bagby. The British portrait collection includes striking aristocratic paintings by Sir William Beechey (1753-1839), John Hoppner (1758-1810), Sir Henry Raeburn (1756-1823), Sir Joshua Reynolds (1732-1792), and George Romney (1734-1802), all on permanent display in a gallery which also features the Museum's collection of fine British Georgian silver, and the earliest six octave piano made, the same instrument depicted in The Sisters, Misses Ann and Augusta Coventry by Sir William Beechey.
Other artists represented in the French paintings collection include Eugène Boudin (1824-1898), Eduoard Détaille (1848-1912), Marie Laurencin (1885-1956), Henri Le Sidaner (1862-1939), Gustave Loiseau (1865-1935), Jules Pascin (1885-1930), Camille Pissarro (1830-1903), Auguste Renoir (1841-1919), Paul Signac (1863-1935), and Maurice Utrillo (1883-1955).
Highlights of the European sculpture collection include two evocative works by Auguste Rodin (French, 1840-1917) titled The Kiss and Eternal Springtime; Antoine Louis Barye's (French, 1796-1875) Flying Eagle, and a bronze maquette titled Reclining Draped Figure by English artist Henry Moore (1898-1986).
Works on paper include drawings and pastels by Johann Jacob Haid, Edouard Manet, Howard Somerville, Maurice de Vlaminck, Pablo Picasso, and George Braque; prints by Albrecht Dürer, Rembrandt Harmensz van Rijn, Adriaen Van Ostade, Christoffel Jegher, Hendrick Goltzius, Jan Muller, Stefano Della Bella, Claude Lorrain, Jacques Callot, Sir David Muirhead Bone, Seymour Hayden, Sir David Young Cameron, Arthur Trevor Briscoe, Eduard Detaille, August Lepere, Charles Meryon, Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec, James McBey, Alphonse Legros, Sir Frank Brangwyn, Henri Matisse, Gerald Leslie Brockhurst, and many others.