Saturday, September 5, 2015

Agriculture and Wines in Exports from Spain 30.9.1981

These two stamps on the FDC were issued to highlight the importance of Agriculture and Wines in Exports from Spain.
Thank you Merja.

Friday, September 4, 2015

Australian Sporting Personalities 18.2.1981

Jockey, Darby Munro - 22c 
Darby Munro was one of Australia's greatest jockeys. He was only fourteen years of age when he first rode a winner. He was known widely as 'The Demon' because of his controversial career.
Cricketer, Victor Trumper - 35c 
Victor Trumper was a world class Australian cricketer. He was an outstanding batsman and represented Australia from 1899 to 1914. He developed Bright's Disease in 1914 and died the following year.
Tennis Player, Sir Norman Brookes - 55c 
Sir Norman Brookes was Australia's first world class tennis player. He won the Allcomers' singles title at Wimbledon in 1905 and two years later won the singles, doubles and mixed doubles also at Wimbledon. Brookes was the Australian captain of six winning teams in the Davis Cup. He died in 1968.
Snooker Player, Walter Lindrum - 60c
Walter Lindrum was the greatest billiards player ever known. After making a world record break of 4137 points in 1932 new rules were introduced in an attempt to overcome his superiority. He retired in 1950 and died ten years later in 1960.

Thursday, September 3, 2015

Eugène Henri Paul Gauguin - “Arearea” 21.9.1968

Eugène Henri Paul Gauguin (7 June 1848 – 8 May 1903) was a French Post-Impressionist artist who was not well appreciated until after his death. Gauguin is now recognized for his experimental use of color and synthetist style that were distinguishably different from Impressionism. His work was influential to the French avant-garde and many modern artists, such as Pablo Picasso and Henri Matisse. Gauguin’s art became popular after his death; partially from the efforts of art dealer Ambroise Vollard who organized exhibitions of his work late in his career, as well as assisting in organizing two important posthumous exhibitions in Paris. Many of his paintings were in the possession of Russian collector Sergei Shchukin as well as other important collections.

He was an important figure in the Symbolist movement as a painter, sculptor, printmaker, ceramist, and writer. His bold experimentation with color led directly to the Synthetist style of modern art, while his expression of the inherent meaning of the subjects in his paintings, under the influence of the cloisonnist style, paved the way to Primitivism and the return to the pastoral. He was also an influential proponent of wood engraving and woodcuts as art forms.

The painting featured on the stamp is the “Arearea” an 1892 work by Paul Gauguin. It was one of the works Gauguin exhibited at his 1893 Durand-Ruel exhibition in Paris. It was bequeathed to the French state in 1961, and was in the collection of the Louvre. From 1986, the painting has been in the collection of the Musée d'Orsay. In April 1891, Gauguin set off for his first visit to Tahiti, in search of traces of a primitive way of life. He took his inspiration for imaginary scenes in his paintings from what he saw around him, as well as from local stories and ancient religious traditions. Arearea is representative of these works where dream and reality coexist.

In the foreground, there are several motifs, which he had no doubt observed, as they recur throughout the paintings of this period. There are two women seated in the centre of the picture, a tree cutting across the canvas, and a red dog. The sky has disappeared; a succession of coloured planes – green, yellow, red – forms the structure of the composition.

In the imaginary scene in the background, there are several women worshipping a statue. Gauguin has enlarged a small Maori statue to the size of a great Buddha, and has invented a sacred rite. All these elements create an enchanted world, full of both harmony and melancholy, where man lives under the protection of the gods, in a luxuriant natural environment, in an archaic, idealised Polynesia.

Wednesday, September 2, 2015

Netherlands 1993 Stamp Day

Netherlands 1993   Stamp Day.    2 stamp set depicts an animated Carrier Pigeon (Dove) with Letter and Radio Dish Aerial.

Monday, August 31, 2015

1981 International Year of Disabled Persons (IYDP) 25.3.1981

The year 1981 was proclaimed the International Year of Disabled Persons (IYDP)by the United Nations. It called for a plan of action with an emphasis on equalization of opportunities, rehabilitation and prevention of disabilities. The slogan of IYDP was "a wheelchair in every home", defined as the right of persons with disabilities to take part fully in the life and development of their societies, enjoy living conditions equal to those of other citizens, and have an equal share in improved conditions resulting from socio-economic development.
A major outcome of the International Year of Disabled Persons was the formulation of the World Programme of Action Concerning Disabled Persons adopted by the UN General Assembly in December 1982. This also is recognized by the Preamble (f) of the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities.

UK issued the four stamps on the cover to highlight the IYDP. They are:-

14p Blind Man with Guide Dog
18p Hands spelling "Deaf" in Sign Language
22p Disabled Man in Wheelchair
25p Disabled Artist with Foot Painting

Thank you Merja for this nice FDC.

Sunday, August 30, 2015

5th Conference for World Cooperation - teaching living languages by audio-visual means - Audio-visual Institute, Royan.

5th Conference for World Cooperation with the theme of teaching living languages by audio-visual means: Audio-visual Institute, Royan.

The Centre Audiovisuel de Royan pour l’Etude des Langues (CAREL, The Audiovisual Centre of Royan for Language Study) was founded in 1966 by the Town of Royan and the University of Poitiers.

Throughout the year, CAREL offers intensive language programs and immersion courses in German, English, Spanish, French as a foreign language and French as a native language both for French and foreign students. CAREL offers a multitude of programs and courses of instruction: intensive, immersive, evening classes, summer holiday courses, and courses for secondary school pupils. Students also have the option of taking a specially designed distance learning course via e-learning platform or over the phone in a blended learning format.