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Celebrate U.S. Flag Day with These Patriotic Works of Art

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"Star Flag" (2014), Autumn de Forest

“Star Flag” (2014), Autumn de Forest

The American flag is a powerful symbol of the country’s independence and unity as a nation. That’s why, every year, the United States celebrates Flag Day—a day commemorating the official adoption of the stars-and-stripes flag by the Second Continental Congress on June 14, 1777.

The American flag has a long and proud history. It’s been flown during war and peace times, influenced fashion, and even stands on the surface of the Moon!

This iconic flag has also inspired countless artists since 1777, ranging from LeRoy Neiman to Autumn de Forest. To help encourage a little Flag Day pride, here are some of our favorite interpretations of the U.S. flag by some of our favorite artists! (We’re also including a few Flag Day facts along the way!)

"Yankee Doodle (100516.99)" (2016), Tim Yanke

“Yankee Doodle (100516.99)” (2016), Tim Yanke

 

"American Flags VII" (2007), Simon Bull

“American Flags VII” (2007), Simon Bull

 

Do you know some of the nicknames for the American flag? “Old Glory,” “Star-Spangled Banner,” “Stars and Stripes,” and “The Red, White and Blue” are most common.

 

"Golden Girl" (1985), LeRoy Neiman

“Golden Girl” (1985), LeRoy Neiman

 

"American Flag" (2017), Gregory Arth

“American Flag” (2017), Gregory Arth

 

Here are some facts about displaying the American Flag… are you flying yours correctly?!

  • The flag should be flown from sunrise to sunset, and should not be flown at night without a light on it.
  • The flag should not be flown in the rain or inclement weather.
  • The flag is always flown at the top of the pole—any state or other flags should fly below it.
  • After a tragedy, the flag is flown at half-staff for 30 days (or half-mast on a ship).
  • Never let your flag touch the ground.

 

"Yanke D-Day Doodle (060717.107)" (2017), Tim Yanke

“Yanke D-Day Doodle (060717.107)” (2017), Tim Yanke

 

President Woodrow Wilson first acknowledged Flag Day in 1916, but it wasn’t officially recognized as a national holiday by the U.S. Congress until 1949.

 

"A Heart for America II" (2006), Simon Bull

“A Heart for America II” (2006), Simon Bull

 

"Flag with Heart" (1999), Peter Max

“Flag with Heart” (1999), Peter Max

 

While, according to legend, a woman named Betsy Ross designed the first American flag, there is actually no historical evidence that Ross created the flag.

 

"Lady Liberty" (2017), Alfred Gockel

“Lady Liberty” (2017), Alfred Gockel

 

"Circle of Stars" (2018), Autumn de Forest

“Circle of Stars” (2018), Autumn de Forest

 

If you’re interested in art from any of these artists or if you’re looking for a particular painting of the Star-Spangled Banner, you can contact our gallery consultants at (800) 521-9654 ext. 4 or sales@parkwestgallery.com.

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