Spoof Issue in blocks of 6 stamps. Replacing “Whistlers Mother” (“Arrangement in Grey and Black No.1”) painted in oils on canvas created by American-born painter James McNeill Whistler (1834-1903) in 1871 with “La Maja desnuda” (“The Nude Maja”) painted in oil on canvas by artist Francisco Goya in 1797-1800.
“La Maja desnuda” has been in the Museo del Prado in Madrid since 1901.
“Whistlers Mother” is exhibited in and held by the Musée d’Orsay in Paris, having been bought by the French state in 1891. It is one of the most famous works by an American artist outside the United States. It has been variously described as an American icon and a Victorian Mona Lisa.
The design for the original 3 Cent denomination “Whistlers Mother” stamp was issued on May 2, 1934 to commemorate Mother’s Day. The issue was printed in two distinctly different formats, Flat Plate Press, perforated 11, and Rotary Press, perforated 11 x 10-1/2. The two varieties are worth about the same.