The Postal Service tells us that the ten canvases were chosen by Art Director Ethel Kessler and “noted” art historian Jonathan Fineberg (University of Illinois at Urbana–Champaign). So what did they go with to embody what is arguably American art’s most famous historical period?
The Golden Wall by Hans Hofmann (1961)
1948–C by Clyfford Still (1948); Achilles by Barnett Newman (1952)
The Liver Is the Cock’s Comb by Arshile Gorky (1944)
Elegy to the Spanish Republic No. 34 by Robert Motherwell (1953-54)
La Grande Vallée series by Joan Mitchell — pictured, #83, featured on stamp, #0 (1983); Romanesque Façade by Adolph Gottlieb (1949)
Asheville by Willem de Kooning (1948)
Orange and Yellow by Mark Rothko (1956)
Convergence by Jackson Pollock (1952)
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