This original oil painting on canvas, entitled Flag Raised at Iwo Jima was painted by Dennis Lyall. The work originally appeared in the Fleetwood Commemorative Cover for Old Glory’s Proudest Moments stamps series published February 23, 2002. Lyall signed the work near the bottom right edge. Presented in a simple archival black frame, the painting depicts the historic moment the Marines raised the U.S. flag at Iwo Jima during WWII.
Dennis Lyall, the artist, was born in Iowa and attended the University of Kansas. As a student, Lyall was awarded a Gold Medal by the Society of Illustrators. Afterwards, he worked as an illustrator for many years on advertisements for companies such as Nabisco, National Geographic Magazine, and NBC. Lyall is perhaps most known for his contributions to stamp design. Overall, the U.S. Postal Service has issued 34 stamps using his designs. This painting is one such example of his artwork that was used for the U.S. Flags stamp series. Lyall has served as a member of the Board of Directors for the Society of Illustrators in New York City and his works are part of the permanent collections of the U.S. Coast Guard, the U.S. Air Force, and more.
The famously depicted raising of the flag during the battle of Iwo Jima became an inspirational scene for Americans in the final pushes of WWII. Both Americans and Japanese suffered heavy casualties as the U.S. forces invaded the well-protected island. The invasion began February 19, 1945, only seven months before the Japanese would surrender, and didn’t end until March 25th. On the fourth day of fighting, U.S. Marines captured Mount Suribachi and raised a small flag at the summit, which was later replaced with a larger flag. The moment was immortalized by the photographer Joe Rosenthal. This painting, as well as many other memorials and artistic works, are based off of Rosenthal’s original photograph.
Overall very good condition. Colors are bright and the canvas is signed at the bottom right. No notable damage. Framed according to archival standards.
Framed Dimensions: 20"H x 17 3/4"W x 1 1/4"D