Literary Arts: Zora Neale Hurston

painting of Zora Neale Hurston with sunset over a lake in the background

Artist: Drew Struzan
Art director: Howard E. Paine
First day of issue: January 24, 2003

Watercolor on board

In the 1934 photograph used to create this portrait, Hurston is wrapped in a winter coat, even though she appears here against the balmy Florida setting of her most famous novel, Their Eyes Were Watching God. Drew Struzan’s successful blend of these contrasting elements demonstrates how stamp artists meet large design challenges, often on very small canvases.

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