Today, the U.S. Postal Service forged ahead with its American Treasures series by issuing the 10th entry, a Forever Stamp featuring Edward Hopper's sailboat painting, "The Long Leg."
The oil painting (circa 1935) depicts the coast of the Provincetown area. A boat sailing near the coast can be seen, as well as an isolated house in the background. The work, preserved at the Huntington Library in San Marino, California, is striking due to its use of light. As often in Hopper's oeuvre, light is used to reflect solitude, absence and waiting. There are no characters in The Long Leg, leaving the landscape completely bare and encouraging its viewers to reflect.
The stamp reads the artist's name, followed by "forever" and will cost the same as other regular stamps.
The American Treasures series was inaugurated in 2001. It is intended to showcase beautiful works of American fine art and crafts.