On the occasion of Memorial Day, I thought it fitting to examine "Old Glory," our beautiful American Flag. Numerous artists have reinterpreted our flag's image.
Abstract Expressionist artist JASPER JOHNS (born 1930)
is perhaps best known for his American Flag paintings.
CHILDE HASSAM (1859–1935) was an American Impressionist painter.
He is well-known for his flag paintings, completed during World War I.
Hassam's flag paintings include all seasons and various weather and light conditions
"The Avenue in the Rain" has been part of the White House's
permanent collection since the Kennedy Administration.
Patriotic swinging gate, from Jefferson County, New York
original painting, acrylic on paper
enamel on assembled furniture and wood scraps
Microsoft's art collection includes a similar piece by Ab.
made of paper stamps and envelopes
Nevada Museum of Art
"Miller Family American Flag" by Robert A. Miller (1912-2006)
self-taught American Folk Artist, enamel paint on tin
For those of you who, like me, learned these facts
in grammar school and need a short refresher course:
Our National Flag of
the United States of America
is made of
T H I R T E E N horizontal S T R I P E S
of alternating r e d and w h i t e .
They indicate t h e o r i g i n a l
T H I R T E E N C O L O N I E S
who rebelled against the British Monarchy
and became the first thirteen states.
A blue, rectangular C A N T O N ,
symbolizing the country's U N I O N bears
F I F T Y w h i t e , five-pointed S T A R S
which represent the f i f t y s t a t e s .