Thursday, December 8, 2016

Georges Seurat - The Circus 8.11.1969

The Circus (French: Le Cirque) is an oil on canvas painting by Georges Seurat. It was his last painting, made in a Neo-Impressionist style in 1890-91, and remained unfinished at his death in March 1891. The painting is located at the Musée d'Orsay in Paris.
The painting was Seurat's third major work treating the theme of the circus, after his Parade (Circus sideshow) of 1887-88 and Le Chahut of 1889-90. It depicts a female performer standing on a horse at the Circus Fernando (renamed the Circus Médrano in 1890, after its most famous clown). The Circus Médrano was located at the corner of the Rue des Martyrs and the Boulevard de Rochechouart, close to Seurat's studio. It was a popular entertainment in Paris, depicted in the 1880s by other artists such as Renoir (for example, Acrobats at the Cirque Fernando (Francisca and Angelina Wartenberg)), Degas (for example, Miss La La at the Cirque Fernando) and Toulouse-Lautrec (for example, Equestrienne (At the Circus Fernando)).

Wednesday, December 7, 2016

Floriade 17.4.1992

Floriade is an international exhibition and garden festival, held every 10 years in the Netherlands. All have been World Horticultural Expositions and listed as an A1 category exhibition by the International Association of Horticultural Producers and hence recognized by the Bureau of International Expositions. The stamps on the FDC were issued during the Floriade held in 19922 at the Hague. 
Thank you Merja.


Tuesday, December 6, 2016

Paul Gustave Louis Christophe Doré 18.6.1983

Paul Gustave Louis Christophe Doré (6 January 1832 – 23 January 1883) was a French artist, printmakerillustrator and sculptor. Doré worked primarily with wood engraving. Doré was born in Strasbourg on 6 January 1832. By age five, he was a prodigy troublemaker, playing pranks that were mature beyond his years. Seven years later, he began carving in cement. At the age of fifteen Doré began his career working as a caricaturist for the French paper Le Journal pour rire, and subsequently went on to win commissions to depict scenes from books by Rabelais, Balzac, Milton and Dante.

Charles Perrault was born more than 300 years ago, in 1628. He wrote many books, but he will be remembered forever for just one: Stories or Tales from Times Past, with Morals: Tales of Mother Goose. The book contained only eight fairy tales, and they have become classics around the world. You have probably heard some of these stories in your own life!
- Sleeping Beauty
- Little Red Riding Hood
- Blue Beard
- Puss In Boots
- The Fairies
- Cinderella
- Ricky With The Tuft
- Little Tom Thumb
Many of these stories were already well-known to people even in Charles Perrault's time, but they had never been written down. They were stories told orally (which means spoken out loud), around the fire or at bedtime, to entertain and teach children. Some stories that Perrault wrote down were popular all over Europe, and some were also written down later in Germany as Grimm Fairy Tales.  st creature in the world."
The stamp depicts Perrault’s tale, the “Blue Beard”. "Bluebeard" is a French folktale, the most famous surviving version of which was written by Charles Perrault and first published by Barbin in Paris in 1697 in Histoiresou contes du temps passé. The tale tells the story of a violent pirate in the habit of murdering his wives and the attempts of one wife to avoid the fate of her predecessors. "The White Dove", "The Robber Bridegroom" and "Fitcher's Bird" (also called "Fowler's Fowl") are tales similar to "Bluebeard".

Monday, December 5, 2016

EUROPA 1982 Historic Events – Netherlands - Cities in Holland with fortifications and defensive walls 16.9.1982

(50 ct) Defensive works of Enkhuizen. Enkhuizen is a municipality and a city in the Netherlands, in the province of North Holland and the region of West-Frisia.
A defensive wall (or a "Rampart") is a fortification used to protect a city or settlement from potential aggressors. In ancient to modern times, they were used to enclose settlements.

(70 ct) Defensive works of  Coevorden which is a municipality and a city in the northeastern Netherlands. During the municipal reorganisation in the province in 1998, Coevorden merged with Dalen, Sleen, Oosterhesselen and Zweeloo.
A star fort, bastion fort or trace italienne, is a fortification in a style that evolved during the age of gunpowder when the cannon came to dominate the battlefield. It was first seen in the mid-15th century in Italy.

Sunday, December 4, 2016

Abbey Church of Saint-Savin sur Gartempe 29.6.1969

Known as the 'Romanesque Sistine Chapel', the Abbey-Church of Saint-Savincontains many beautiful 11th- and 12th-century murals which are still in a remarkable state of preservation.

Friday, December 2, 2016

Summer Stamps - Famous Personalities 19.4.1983


(50) Johan van Oldenbarnevelt  (14 September 1547 – 13 May 1619) was a Dutch statesman who played an important role in the Dutch struggle for independence from Spain.
Van Oldenbarnevelt was born in Amersfoort. He studied law at Leuven, Bourges, Heidelberg and Padua, and traveled in France and Italy before settling in The Hague. He was a supporter of the Arminians, and also supported William the Silent in his revolt against Spain, and fought in William's army.

(60) Willem Janszoon Blaeu (1571 – 21 October 1638), also abbreviated to Willem Jansz. Blaeu, was a Dutch cartographer, atlas maker and publisher. Blaeu was born at Uitgeest or Alkmaar. As the son of a well-to-do herring salesman, he was destined to succeed his father in the trade, but his interests lay more in mathematics and astronomy. Between 1594 and 1596, as a student of the Danish astronomer Tycho Brahe, he qualified as an instrument and globe maker. In 1600 he discovered the second ever variable star, now known as P Cygni.

(65) Hugo Grotius (10 April 1583 – 28 August 1645), also known as Huig de Groot, Hugo Grocio or Hugo de Groot, was a jurist in the Dutch Republic. With Francisco de Vitoria and Alberico Gentili he laid the foundations for international law, based on natural law. He was also a philosopher, theologian, Christian apologist, playwright, and poet.

Thank you Merja.