Friday, May 21, 2010

Postcard Friendship Friday

Beth of The Best Hearts are Crunchy hosts Postcard Friendship Friday.



Here are two more Abstract Expressionist Stamps put out by the United States Post Office recently. Both are very large and colorful. You can see a full explanation at this post.

The function of the artist is to express reality as felt. ~ Robert Motherwell



With this stamp, the U.S. Postal Service honors Bill Mauldin, one of America’s favorite cartoonists. During World War II, military readers got a knowing laugh from Mauldin’s characters Willie and Joe, who gave their civilian audience an idea of what life was like for soldiers. After the war, Mauldin became a popular and influential editorial cartoonist.

In 1945, he won a Pulitzer Prize “for distinguished service as a cartoonist” and the Allied high command awarded him its Legion of Merit. His illustrated memoir, Up Front, was a bestseller. That same year, his “dogface” Willie appeared on the cover of Time.

U.S. Postal Service art director Terry McCaffrey chose to honor Mauldin through a combination of photography and an example of Mauldin’s art. The photo of Bill Mauldin is by John Phillips, a photographer for Life magazine; it was taken in Italy on December 31, 1943. Mauldin’s cartoon, showing his characters Willie and Joe, is used courtesy of the 45th Infantry Division Museum in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma.


♥ Kathy said...

I really like the abstract...pretty :)

Anonymous said...

I love these. Abstract art is one of my favorites. Have a wonderful Friday :)

Beth Niquette said...

These are wonderful! I often think I'd like to try my hand at abstract art. Hmmmm....

Happy PFF!

Postcardy said...

Happy PFF.

Mary said...

Good teaching, Teach! :)

MrCachet said...

The Butterfly stamp which just came out was created in collaboration with greeting card companies to provide a standard, recognized stamp to pay the rate for over-sized greeting cards. I didn't do the modern art series because I tend more to realism. Bill Mauldin deserved a stamp, but he probably should have been honored long ago.

viridian said...

I love the abstract expressionism stamps - I buy them and use them as I can.