New Austrian Stamps

Austrian Wine Regions: Central Burgenland

austria wine region stampAs part of the “Austrian wine regions” series, Austrian Post is celebrating Central Burgenland, the region at the heart of Burgenland which is also known as “Blaufränkisch land”.The wine producing centres of the region are the municipalities of Deutschkreutz, Horitschon, Lutzmannsburg and Neckenmarkt. The sandy and gravelly soils and, in particular, the heavy, deep loamy soil, can store large quantities of water and are thus ideal for cultivating Blaufränkisch varieties and also other red wine grape varieties such as Zweigelt, Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot. The climatic conditions are determined by the Bucklige Welt to the West, the Ödenburger Mountains in the North and the Günser Mountains in the South, whilst the warm, dry air of the Pannonian lowlands streams in from the East. The Central Burgenland wine producing region with its gentle hills comprises around 2,117 hectares of arable land.

The Blaufränkisch grape variety accounts for around seven per cent of total wine production in Austria, and is thus the second most prolific red wine variety after Zweigelt. Blaufränkisch is a strong, earthy red wine with a typical bouquet. The wine is dark with a high tannin content.

Issue Date: 16.07.2016 Designer: David Gruber Printer: Joh. Enschedé Stamps B. V. Process: Offset Size: 31,8 x 50 mm Values: EUR 0,80

Old Masters: Ferdinand Georg Waldmüller

The Austrian painter Ferdinand Georg Waldmüller is considered the very epitome of anaustria old masters stamp artist from the Biedermeier era. Austrian Post is celebrating the prominent painter with a commemorative stamp in the “Old Masters” series.Waldmüller was born in 1793 in Vienna. In 1829 he was appointed as curator of the painting collection and as a teacher by the Academy of Fine Arts, but his relationship with his employer soon turned sour: Waldmüller’s ideas for educational reform and on the academic collection were repeatedly rejected. He was forbidden to give any further private lessons in his rooms at the Academy and his studio there was taken away from him. Following publication of yet another polemic paper, in 1857 he was forced to retire and found himself in ever worsening financial straits. Waldmüller died in 1865 in Hinterbrühl near Mödling.

“Revival to New Life” was painted in 1852. Here, too, it is light and shadow that gives life to the painting: the gleaming sunlight makes the picture glow.

Issue Date: 13.07.2016 Designer: Dieter Kraus Printer: Österreichische Staatsdruckerei GmbH Process: Offset-Stich, Offset-Intaglio Size: 42 x 42 mm Values: EUR 1,60

175th Birthday of Otto Wagner

austria otto wagner stampWhether it be the Postal Savings Bank building, the Kirche am Steinhof church, the pavilion on the Karlsplatz or the buildings he designed for the Viennese light urban railway, Otto Wagner’s presence can still be discerned in the Viennese urban land- scape. He is considered one of the most important exponents of the Jugendstil in Austria and as the forefather of New Objectivity (Neue Sachlichkeit). 2016 sees the 175th anniversary of his birth, and Austrian Post is celebrating this jubilee by issuing a commemorative stamp. The design for the stamp shows one of Otto Wagner’s most famous works: the Austro-Hungarian Post Office Savings Bank building, which was built between 1904 and 1912 and is one of the most important Jugendstil buildings in the city.

Issue Date: 13.07.2016 Designer: Anita Kern Printer: Joh. Enschedé Stamps B. V. Process: Offset Size: 33,35 x 42 mm Values: EUR 1,70

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