New Stamps from Austria

Classical Traditional Costume- The Tux Tracht

austria costumes stampTyrol has a colourful and unique wealth of classical trachts and the customs that are interwoven with it. The Ziller Valley, for instance, stands out for its uniform tracht that is above all a must at festive occasions – Austrian Post is presenting, however, the old Tux everyday tracht, today undergoing a fashion renaissance, as a commemorative from the “Classical tracht” series. The Tux everyday tracht is characterised by muted colours.

Issue Date: 02.05.2015 Designer: Anita Kern Printer: Joh. Enschedé Stamps Security Printers B.V. (Netherlands)  Process: Offset  Colours: 4 Colours Size: 31,8 x 50 mm Values: €0.68

175 Years of Stamp

It was on 6 May 1840 that the Penny Black, the first stamp in the world, was issued. The Penny Black is today one of the most famous stamps and is highly in demand as a collec- tors’ item. The commemorative shows, alongside the three decisive inventors of the stamp, the famous Penny Black.

austria 175 years of stampsIt was made using intaglio printing, the letters in the bottom corners indicating the position on the sheet of 250 stamps. There is no indication of the country. The Penny Black was only used for one year before being replaced by the Penny Red. The first Austrian stamp, the “crest” issue of 1850, is also illustrated on the commemorative block.

Issue Date: 07.05.2015 Designer: Anita Kern Printer: Österreichische Staatsdruckerei GmbH Process: Offset  Colours: 4 Colours Size: 32,5 x 40 mm Values: €2.20

Hubert Schmalix

One of the most important representatives of the “New Painting” is the Austrian painter Hubert Schmalix. Austrian Post is dedicating a commemorative from the “Contemporary Art” series to this internationally successful artist.

austria hubert stampHubert Schmalix was born in Graz on 17 December 1952, and studied at the Academy of Fine Arts in Vienna. As early as 1979, his works were to be seen at the trailblazing exhibition “Europa 79 – Art of the 80s” in Stuttgart, and in 1980 there followed an invitation to “Aperto 80” at the Venice Biennale. As a pioneer of what is known as “New Painting”, he was also involved in the most important exhibitions of the time in Austria such as “New painting in Austria” in Graz in 1981, and soon gained an international reputation. Thus in 1983, he was invited to present his works at the London Tate Gallery. In 1984, he travelled to the Philippines, moving in 1987 to Los Angeles. Today he lives and works in Los Angeles and Vienna and teaches, amongst other things, at the Academy of Applied Arts and the Academy of Fine Arts in Vienna, and is guest professor at the University of California in Los Angeles.

The 1980s in Germany and Austria saw the development of an art movement known as “New Painting”, the artists also being known as the “New Savages”. Large-scale sensuous paintings with sweeping brush strokes and powerful colours – the new style attempted to overcome the contradictions between abstract and figurative painting. Hubert Schmalix works above all with classical pictorial themes such as still lifes, portraits, landscapes and nudes. In his works, figurative representations dominate, with the female or male nude playing a central role. The eye is caught above all by the intensive but selective colours of his paintings. Where in his early works, in the “wild phase”, the Expressionist style still predominated, since the 1990s a stricter architectural pictorial structure has prevailed. Urban views of Los Angeles, for instance, show brick-like compositions of houses in colourful variations.

In 2008, Hubert Schmalix enveloped the Vienna Ring Tower on the Danube Canal in a huge floral still-life. In the 1980s, he created a sensational mosaic in the lecture hall wing of the University of Innsbruck. He also designed the interior of the Church of St Paul in Salzburg with large-scale frescoes and a colourful altar space. In 1998, he was awarded the Prize of the City of Vienna for Fine Arts, and his works can be seen in countless exhibitions in Austria and abroad.

The stamp shows the oil painting “After the Rain” dating from 2014. It is based on the romantic Alpine images of the 19th century, translated by the artist into a “trendy” pictorial language.

Issue Date: 07.05.2015 Designer: Peter Ledl Illustrator: Hubert Schmalix Printer: Österreichische Staatsdruckerei GmbH Process: Offset  Colours: 4 Colours Size: 46 x 54,64 mm Values: €1.00

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