1996 32c Georgia O'Keeffe

# 3069 - 1996 32c Georgia O'Keeffe

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US #30696
1996 Georgia O’Keeffe

  • Honors American abstract artist
  • Features one of her most famous paintings

Category of Stamp:  Commemorative,
Value: 
32¢, First-Class mail rate
First Day of Issue: 
May 23, 1996
First Day City: 
Santa Fe, New Mexico
Quantity Issued: 
156,300,000
Printed by: 
Stamp Venturers
Printing Method:
Photogravure
Format: 
Panes of 15 (3 across, 5 down) from printing cylinders of 90 (6 across, 15 down)
Perforations: 
11.6 x 11.4

Reason the stamp was issued:  The stamp was issued to honor artist Georgia O’Keeffe.  It features one of her most famous paintings.

About the stamp design:  The stamp features a photographic reproduction of O’Keeffe’s painting Red Poppy, 1927.  Margaret Bauer, staff designer at the National Gallery of Art, was chosen to design the stamp.  It was issued as a pane of 15 with a photo of the artist on the selvage.  O’Keeffe’s photo was taken by Tony Vaccaro around 1960.

First Day City:  The issuing ceremony was held on The Plaza in Santa Fe, New Mexico, where O’Keeffe died.  Participants of the ceremony were also able to go to nearby Abiquiu where O’Keeffe lived in her later years.

More fun facts:  To highlight this stamp issue, the USPS underwrote the episode of the Public Broadcast System’s “American Masters” documentary about O’Keeffe.

History the stamp represents:  Georgia O’Keeffe was commemorated on a US postage stamp shortly after she became eligible (10 years after her death).  One of America’s leading artists, Georgia O’Keeffe is known for her sensitive, semi-abstract paintings derived from nature. Linked with the first generation of American modernists, her impressive career spanned the entire history of modern art. While much of the modernist work showed a strong European influence, O’Keeffe developed her own unique style, reducing and simplifying forms to an abstract study of color and light. Her best-known subjects included flowers, animal bones, and rocks.
Born and raised near Sun Prairie, Wisconsin, she went on to study at several schools, including the Art Institute of Chicago, Virginia University, Columbia University, and the Students League of New York. In 1924 she married American photographer Alfred Stieglitz, who had been exhibiting her works in his avant-garde gallery since 1916. Much of her work was influenced by Stieglitz, whose works included closely cropped images.
O’Keeffe was impressed by the beauty of the desert during a visit to New Mexico in 1929. Greatly influencing her work, the Southwest landscape became one of her favorite subjects. During the 1950s she began to travel extensively, and in 1959 even made a trip around the world. From that journey and subsequent airplane flights came her series on the sky and clouds.
The Red Poppy, 1927 painting was one of over 200 of O’Keeffe’s paintings of flowers.  The original oil painting is 9” wide and 7 ½” high.

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US #30696
1996 Georgia O’Keeffe

  • Honors American abstract artist
  • Features one of her most famous paintings

Category of Stamp:  Commemorative,
Value: 
32¢, First-Class mail rate
First Day of Issue: 
May 23, 1996
First Day City: 
Santa Fe, New Mexico
Quantity Issued: 
156,300,000
Printed by: 
Stamp Venturers
Printing Method:
Photogravure
Format: 
Panes of 15 (3 across, 5 down) from printing cylinders of 90 (6 across, 15 down)
Perforations: 
11.6 x 11.4

Reason the stamp was issued:  The stamp was issued to honor artist Georgia O’Keeffe.  It features one of her most famous paintings.

About the stamp design:  The stamp features a photographic reproduction of O’Keeffe’s painting Red Poppy, 1927.  Margaret Bauer, staff designer at the National Gallery of Art, was chosen to design the stamp.  It was issued as a pane of 15 with a photo of the artist on the selvage.  O’Keeffe’s photo was taken by Tony Vaccaro around 1960.

First Day City:  The issuing ceremony was held on The Plaza in Santa Fe, New Mexico, where O’Keeffe died.  Participants of the ceremony were also able to go to nearby Abiquiu where O’Keeffe lived in her later years.

More fun facts:  To highlight this stamp issue, the USPS underwrote the episode of the Public Broadcast System’s “American Masters” documentary about O’Keeffe.

History the stamp represents:  Georgia O’Keeffe was commemorated on a US postage stamp shortly after she became eligible (10 years after her death).  One of America’s leading artists, Georgia O’Keeffe is known for her sensitive, semi-abstract paintings derived from nature. Linked with the first generation of American modernists, her impressive career spanned the entire history of modern art. While much of the modernist work showed a strong European influence, O’Keeffe developed her own unique style, reducing and simplifying forms to an abstract study of color and light. Her best-known subjects included flowers, animal bones, and rocks.
Born and raised near Sun Prairie, Wisconsin, she went on to study at several schools, including the Art Institute of Chicago, Virginia University, Columbia University, and the Students League of New York. In 1924 she married American photographer Alfred Stieglitz, who had been exhibiting her works in his avant-garde gallery since 1916. Much of her work was influenced by Stieglitz, whose works included closely cropped images.
O’Keeffe was impressed by the beauty of the desert during a visit to New Mexico in 1929. Greatly influencing her work, the Southwest landscape became one of her favorite subjects. During the 1950s she began to travel extensively, and in 1959 even made a trip around the world. From that journey and subsequent airplane flights came her series on the sky and clouds.
The Red Poppy, 1927 painting was one of over 200 of O’Keeffe’s paintings of flowers.  The original oil painting is 9” wide and 7 ½” high.