Visual Arts

August 20, 2014

Nelson-Atkins painting is a USPS stamp

The United States Postal Service has reproduced a detail of Thomas Moran’s “Grand Canyon” (1912) from the collection of the museum as part of its “American Treasures” series of four Hudson River School landscape paintings, to be released Thursday.

The United States Postal Service has reproduced a detail of the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art’s Thomas Moran painting “Grand Canyon” and details of three other landscapes from prominent collections as part of its “American Treasures” series.

Moran’s 1912 work entered the collection of the Nelson in 1963 as a bequest of Katherine Harvey. The oil-on-pressboard painting, measuring roughly 16 by 24 inches, is on view in gallery 218 of the American collection, but you can also find a version of the work at your post office.

All four artworks are by Hudson River School masters, including Thomas Cole, Asher B. Durand and Frederic Edwin Church.

The Art Institute of Chicago owns Cole’s Distant View of Niagara Falls (1830); Durand’s “Summer Afternoon” (1865) is from the collection of the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York, and the Church painting, “Sunset” (1856), is from the collection of the Munson-Williams-Proctor Arts Institute/ Art Resource, NY.

“The process began more than a year ago,” Nelson-Atkins spokeswoman Kathleen Leighton said. “The USPS worked with curator Stephanie Knappe and Stacey Sherman, who works in rights & reproductions here.”

This is the first painting from the museum to appear on a stamp. “They did a set of stamps with Eames chairs — those were massproduced, but we have several,” Leighton said.

To be released Thursday, the Hudson River School stamps are being issued as Forever stamps and cost $9.80 for a booklet of 20.

Alice Thorson, athorson@kcstar.com

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