Provincetown, Massachusetts, 23 August 2011, Art Media Agency (AMA).
A stamp, celebrating American painter Edward Hopper, has been unveiled during a ceremony in Provincetown, where the artist used to come on vacation. The stamp is a reproduction of one of his seascapes, The Long Leg (circa 1935).
The oil painting 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.