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The heritage of the National Museum of Art of Romania represented on the Romanian stamp – Horses in painting –

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Under the title Horses in painting, Romfilatelia invites all collectors and art lovers to redescover the beauty of the Romanian painting from the heritage of the National Museum of Art of Romania, through a special philatelic project.

The postage stamp issue offers an overall view on the relationship between man and this noble animal, the horse, and illustrates its representation in the works of five great Romanian painters: Ioan Andreescu (1850 – 1882),
Nicolae Grigorescu (1838 – 1907), Rudolf Schweitzer – Cumpana (1886 – 1975), Nutzi Acontz (1894 – 1957) and Stefan Luchian (1868 – 1916).

Two of the works of the Romanian painter and teacher Ioan Andreescu, considered the „painter of earth” by Octavian Paler, are represented within the postage stamp issue: The ploughing (detail illustrated on the postage stamp with the face value of lei 3.60) and The large road (detail reproduced on the illustrated border of the minisheet of 4 stamps). The two paintings are influenced by Gustave Courbet’s realistic paintings, being characterized by a panoramic view, a hot-cold colour-based contrast, but also by a composition in which space is sovereign.

Romanian modern painting founder and one of the 20th century’s artists who tried to highlight the most important values of the Romanian spirituality, Nicolae Grigorescu remains one of the main representatives, being influenced by European Impressionism. Made during the war of independence, the works Mounted Ranger Officer (detail illustrated on the postage stamp with the face value of lei 8.10) and The Spy (detail reproduced on the illustrated border of the minisheet of 4 stamps) were influenced by Theodore Gericault’s painting. The dynamism of the scenes, painted in a moment full of tension, give the painter the opportunity to express his artistry.

The painting Peasant with a carriage (detail illustrated on the postage stamp with the face value of lei 9,10) belongs to the Romanian painter and illustrator of German origin, Rufold Schweitzer – Cumpana. The work is painted in a warm colour gamut based on the hot-cold contrast, and recalls the Impressionist experience through its strokes, as well as through its chromatic exuberance.

The Romanian painter of Armenian origin, Nutzi Acontz, created many Dobrudjan landscapes with a chromatic refinement, covering a broad range, which distinguishes and individualizes her. The work The Horse Shoeing (detail reproduced on the illustrated border of the minisheet of 4 stamps) is made en plein-air, in a cold colour palette, the freshness and spontaneity of details being pointed out.

Called the artistic poet of the flowers, Stefan Luchian „marked the distinctive personality of the Romanian art throughout Europe, drawing inspiration from traditional medieval church frescoes and folk art, contouring and simplifying planes and flattening volumes” (Adina Nanu). Less known to art lovers, the work The Amazon (detail illustrated on the First Day Cover) is characterized by diaphanous colour combinations, by the symbiosis between horse and rider and the spontaneity of the notation.

The issue is completed by a first day cover, and as page composition were used the sheet of 20 stamps and the minisheet of 4 stamps with illustrated border.

Starting with Friday, July 24th, 2015, the postage stamp issue Horses in painting will be available in all Romfilatelia shops in Bucharest and countrywide.

Romfilatelia thanks the National Museum of Art of Romania for the documentary support granted in the achievement of this postage stamp issue.


For further information, please contact the Public Relation Office:

Tel: 021 / 337 24 42


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