Monday, November 14, 2011

The Long Leg (1935) - by Edward Hopper

Date of Issue: August 24, 2011

Edward Hopper (1882 – 1967) was a prominent American realist painter and printmaker. While most popularly known for his oil paintings, he was equally proficient as a watercolorist and printmaker in etching. In both his urban and rural scenes, his spare and finely calculated renderings reflected his personal vision of modern American life.

The Long Leg (1935) - Few American artists are as popular or influential as Edward Hopper, whose beautiful, sunlit painting, The Long Leg, is the tenth entry in the American Treasures series. The work's title refers to sailing; a leg is one part of an alternating, zigzagging series of short and long tacks.

This painting shows Hopper's characteristic use of light to insulate objects, and reflects his love of the sea as well as his interest in architecture. The lighthouse in the painting is Long Point Light, at Provincetown. The boat is a "Knockabout" sloop, a type of craft commonly used for sailing, cruising, and fishing.

Thanks to friend, Chris Schofield, Canada for sending me this stamp on envelope.

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