American Sports: Lou Gehrig

painting of Lou Gehrig

Artist: Bart Forbes
Art director: Jack Williams
First day of issue: June 10, 1989

Gouache on board

Given the small canvases at their disposal, stamp artists often have to choose between a tiny depiction of a great American in action or a standard head-and-shoulders portrait. In this tribute to Lou Gehrig, Bart Forbes successfully blends both elements, portraying Gehrig’s dignity while also illustrating the context of his athletic career.

Art of the Stamp