Iconic American artist Andrew Wyeth (1917-2009) is being honored this week by having a dozen of his paintings featured on Forever stamps.
The U.S. Post Office is unveiling the stamps Wednesday at the Brandywine River Museum of Art to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the artist’s birth in Chadds Ford, Pennsylvania on July 12, 1917.
“Andrew Wyeth is one of the most important American artists, not only of our time, but just period,” said Virginia A. Logan, the Frolic Weymouth Executive Director and CEO of the Brandywine Conservancy & Museum of Art.
The stamps include Wyeth’s most iconic paintings from the 1940’s through the early 2000’s, including Christina’s World and Wind from the Sea.
It's not the first time Wyeth's work has been featured in stamp form. In 1985, the United Nations chose two of his works -The Corner (1947) and Alvaro Raking Hay (1953)- to commemorate the organization's 40th anniversary.
Wyeth's father, N.C. Wyeth (1882-1945), was also honored by the post office with a stamp in 2001. The N.C. Wyeth 34 cent stamp depicts an illustration of Captain Bill Bones from the Robert Louis Stevenson novel "Treasure Island."
Andrew Wyeth's subjects tended to be the land or people around him in his hometown of Chadds Ford and his summer home in Midcoast, Maine.
"The 12 stamps feature a variety of Wyeth's work done here in Chadds Ford and up in Maine," said Logan.
The Pennsylvania legislature will also be celebrating the centennial of Wyeth's birth by presenting the Brandywine River Museum with a resolution recognizing July 12 as “Andrew Wyeth Day” in the state.
The museum is currently hosting an Andrew Wyeth retrospective exhibition through September 17 that features more than 100 pieces by the artist.
You can buy the Andrew Wyeth Forever stamps HERE.
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