Whistler's Mother Stamp

US Postage Stamps: 1934

Whistler's Mother / Mothers in America Stamp

The Mothers in America stamp was issued on Mother’s day (May 2) 1934 after a campaign by the American War Mother’s group.  The design is James McNeil Whistler’s famous 1871 painting, “Portrait of my Mother” or “An Arrangement in Grey and Black”, which is more commonly known as “Whistler’s Mother”.   The story behind the painting is that the original model for the painting became ill and Whistler’s mother volunteered to replace here.  His mother’s health was not the best, and it was necessary for her to sit for the painting instead of standing as originally planned.

Over the decades, the painting became very well known and by the time the postage stamp was issued, it was considered one of America’s most famous paintings.  The artwork was cropped to fit the standard stamp design and some of the elements of the original paint were modified to balance the new dimensions; flowers were added and a picture was removed from the wall.  A number of artists were unhappy about the changes, but the stamp itself proved to be popular with the public.

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