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MFA painting featured on new stamp

Associated Press / August 12, 2010

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WASHINGTON — The image of two farm boys resting in a field, a quiet moment emblematic of 19th-century rural America, creates a sense of nostalgia via a 44-cent postage stamp being released today.

The stamp, the latest in the Postal Service’s American Treasures series, features Winslow Homer’s 1874 painting “Boys in a Pasture,’’ on display at Boston’s Museum of Fine Arts.

Homer’s work largely focuses on landscapes and scenes of American life. It is Homer’s third painting to be featured on a US postage stamp. The first was “Breezing Up (A Fair Wind),’’ a painting of a man and three boys sailing, which was featured in 1962. In 1998 a stamp carried his painting “The Fog Warning.’’