One (1) sheet OfWilliam H. JohnsonSheet of 20 x Forever us Postage Stamps Each sheet of 20 x Forever United States Postage Stamps.2012 These Stamps can be used for First Class Mail, or collection Issue Date: April 11, 2012 Denomination: 45¢ nondenominated commemorative forever stamp Format: Pane of 20 self-adhesive The William H. Johnson stamp recognizes an influential African-American artist who is also viewed as one of the great painters of 20th century American art. One of the country's foremost African-American artists, William H. Johnson (1901-1970) is today recognized as a major figure in 20th-century American art. Known for his colorful, folk-inspired scenes of African-American daily life as well as his dramatic Scandinavian landscapes, Johnson is recognized on the 11th issuance in the American Treasures series with a still-life painting entitled Flowers. An oil-on-plywood painting dated 1939-1940, Flowers depicts a vase of boldly rendered, brightly colored blooms on a small red table. The two-dimensional, consciously naïve style in which Flowers was painted, was one of the many techniques of modernist abstraction and primitive art adapted by Johnson during his career. The painting, a gift of the Harmon Foundation, belongs to the Smithsonian American Art Museum. William Henry Johnson was born in Florence, South Carolina. As a child, he practiced drawing by copying comic strips from the newspaper. At the age of 17 he went to live with his uncle in Harlem. He worked at a variety of jobs to save money for tuition at the prestigious National Academy of Design in New York City. In 1926, Johnson went to France to study modernism. He returned briefly to New York in November 1929 and set up a studio in Harlem. The following year, he received the gold medal for distinguished achievement in fine arts from the William E. Harmon Foundation. In 1930, Johnson moved to Denmark and married Danish textile ...
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