The function of the artists is to express reality as felt.When I was a kid, I used to collect stamps from all the countries where I lived (Navy brat and all that). Later, I collected stamps that featured reproductions of art; somewhere I probably still have an album of Japanese stamps with images from Japanese woodcuts AND a sheet of French stamps which Matisse images. But I got out of the habit when prices went up and I turned to other pursuits. But this gorgeous sheet of images from abstract expressionist artists just might reawaken my stamp lust!
In celebration of the abstract expressionist artists of the 20th Century, Art Director Ethel Kessler and noted Art Historian Jonathan Fineberg (Gutgsell Professor Art History, University of Illinois at Urbana–Champaign) selected ten paintings to feature on this colorful pane of self–adhesive stamps. Kessler used elements from Barnett Newman’s Achilles (1952) to frame the stamps. The arrangement of the stamps suggests paintings hanging on a gallery wall. For design purposes, the sizes of the stamp are not in relative proportion to the paintings. The pane also features selvage text and a quotation by Robert Motherwell. Each stamp includes the artist’s name and verso text that identifies the painting and briefly tells something about the artist.
List of Stamp Artwork
- The Golden Wall (1961) — Hans Hofmann (1880–1966)
- Romanesque Façade (1949) — Adolph Gottlieb (1903–1974)
- Orange and Yellow (1956) — Mark Rothko (1903–1970)
- The Liver Is the Cock’s Comb (1944) — Arshile Gorky (1904–1948)
- 1948–C (1948) — Clyfford Still (1904–1980)
- Asheville (1948) — Willem de Kooning (1904–1997)
- Achilles (1952) — Barnett Newman (1905–1970)
- Convergence (1952) — Jackson Pollock (1912–1956)
- Elegy to the Spanish Republic No. 34 (1953–1954) — Robert Motherwell (1915–1991)
- La Grande Vallée 0 (1983) — Joan Mitchell (1925–1992)