Art lovers gathered in Chadds Ford, PA, July 12 to dedicate stamps honoring Andrew Wyeth on the 100th anniversary of his birth.
Wyeth (1917-2009), one of the most prominent American artists of the 20th century, is widely known for his use of symbolism to depict the people and places he personally knew.
Chadds Ford, Wyeth’s hometown, served as the inspiration for many of his paintings, which feature different aspects of his neighbors’ everyday lives.
The stamp sheet includes 12 stamps that each depict a different Wyeth painting, including his most iconic work, “Christina’s World.”
“Wyeth’s work resonated with millions of art enthusiasts around the globe. Now these miniature works of art can touch many,” Pat Mendonca, senior director of the Office of the Postmaster General, said at the dedication ceremony.
Other speakers included Wyeth’s son, Jamie Wyeth, who is also an artist; Virginia Logan, executive director of the Brandywine River Museum of Art in Chadds Ford; and local TV meteorologist Cecily Tynan, who served as emcee.
“My father, a prolific letter writer, would indeed be proud that a selection of his paintings now appears on U.S. postage stamps,” said Jamie Wyeth. “He would have relished using them.”