23¢ Mary Cassatt
Great Americans Series
Issue Date: November 4, 1988
City: Philadelphia, PA
Printed By: Bureau of Engraving and Printing
Printing Method: Engraved
A familiar name among art lovers, Mary Cassatt is best known for her sensitive paintings of mothers and children. After attending Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts for four years, she studied painting in France, Italy, and Spain. Encouraged by Impressionists such as Monet, Renoir, and Degas, she remained in France until her death in 1926. Cassatt is pictured on the 23¢ Great Americans stamp.
Issued between 1980 and 1999, the Great Americans definitive series features 63 designs, making it the largest set of face different Regular Issue stamps issued in the 20th century. One stamp honors a couple (Lila and Dewitt Wallace) while the remaining 62 commemorate individuals.
The series is characterized by a standard definitive size, simple design and monochromatic colors. The Bureau of Engraving and Printing produced most of the stamps, but some were printed by private firms. Several stamps saw multiple printings. The result is many different varieties, with tagging being the key to understanding them.