What is the American Treasure Stamp Series?




William H. Johnson


William H. Johnson Stamp

The 11th issuance in the American Treasures series showcases a still life painting by William H. Johnson (1901–1970). One of our country’s foremost African-American art­ists, Johnson is now recognized as a major figure in 20th-century American art. He is best known for his dramatic Scandinavian landscapes and colorful, folk-inspired scenes of African-American daily life. Flowers, an oil-on-plywood painting created in 1939–1940, depicts a vase of boldly rendered, brightly colored blooms on a small table. 

Edward Hopper


Edward Hopper Stamp

A sunlit painting by Edward Hopper is the tenth entry in the American Treasures stamp series. The Long Leg, painted in oil on canvas around 1930, depicts a boat sailing against the wind near Provincetown, MA. The stamp went on sale in August.

Hopper was a very private man and an experienced sailor. The Long Leg allowed him to combine his love of the sea with his interest in architecture. The lighthouse in the painting is Long Point Light, at Provincetown. This work shows the artist’s characteristic use of light to insulate objects.

Art director Derry Noyes chose a sunlit painting by Edward Hopper for this tenth entry in the American Treasures series.

The Long Leg is in the collection of the Huntington Library, Art Collections, and Botanical Gardens, in San Marino, California. It is painted in oil on canvas; its size is 20 x 30 ¼ inches. The painting has been cropped for use in the stamp art.

Winslow Homer


Winslow Homer Stamp

On August 12, 2010, in Richmond, Virginia, at the APS Stamp Show, the Postal Service™ issued a 44-cent, American Treasures — Winslow Homer commemora­tive stamp in one design in a pressure-sensitive adhesive (PSA) pane of 20 stamps (Item 466100). The stamp, designed by Derry Noyes, Washington, DC, went on sale nationwide August 12, 2010.

The ninth issuance in the American Treasures series fea­tures Boys in a Pasture, an 1874 oil-on-canvas painting by Winslow Homer. The painting is part of the Hayden Collec­tion at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston.

According to the Museum of Fine Arts, “the boys in this painting — companionable, idle, at peace — may be seen as emblems of America’s nostalgia for a simpler, more innocent time as well as of its hope for the future. Their faces are averted, a device Homer often used to make his figures less individual and, therefore, more universal.”

Albert Bierstadt


Albert Bierstadt Stamp

Add the beauty of Yosemite to your mail with the eighth issuance in the American Treasures series next August. Art director Derry Noyes of Washington, DC, chose Valley of the Yosemite, an 1864 oil-on-paperboard painting by Albert Bierstadt (1830-1902). It belongs to the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston. Valley of the Yosemite shares the freshness and immediacy of the plain air field sketches Bierstadt used in composing a much larger painting titled Looking Down Yosemite Valley.

Louis Comfort Tiffany


Louis Comfort Tiffany Stamp

For this seventh issuance in the American Treas

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