Arts Everyday Living: William H. Johnson—In Honor of His Vision

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In honor of African-American artist William H. Johnson (1901-1970), this spring the U.S. Postal Services issued a stamp featuring his vibrant painting, Flowers.  Johnson, who worked mainly in the first half of the twentieth century, expressed his vision of life utilizing a variety of styles.  Flowers is an example of Johnson’s adaptation of the American Folk art tradition characterized by bright colors and two dimensional form.

William H. Johnson, Flowers, 1939-1940, oil on plywood, Smithsonian American Art Museum, Washington, D.C.


Issued April, 2012


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