Flag (painting)

Flag, Encaustic, oil and collage on fabric mounted on plywood,1954–55. Museum of Modern Art, New York City.
Detail of Flag (1954-55). Museum of Modern Art, New York City. This image illustrates Johns's early technique of painting with thick, dripping encaustic over a collage made from found materials such as newspaper. This rough method of construction is rarely visible in photographic reproductions of his work.

Flag is an encaustic painting by the American artist Jasper Johns. Created when Johns was 24 (1954–55), two years after he was discharged from the US Army, this painting was the first of many works that Johns has said were inspired by a dream of the U.S. flag in 1954. It is arguably the painting for which Johns is best known.


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