100th Anniversary of the Death of Gustav Klimt - (FDC Block of 4) - First Day Cover block of 4
100th Anniversary of the Death of Gustav Klimt - (FDC Block of 4) - First Day Cover block of 4 for only GBP £23.86
On 6 February 2018, two special stamps are appearing on miniature sheets consisting of nine stamps each to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the death of painter Gustav Klimt. Born in 1862, Klimt was one of the most well-known representatives of the Viennese Jugendstil. His most famous painting “The Kiss” (face value: CHF 2.60) was produced in 1907/8. After completion, it was shown at the Kunstschau Exhibition in Vienna and immediately purchased by the Imperial Royal Ministry of Culture and Education. The work produced on 180 x 180 centimetres in oil on canvas is on display in Belvedere Museum in Vienna. Gustav Klimt named his painting entitled “Death and Life” (face value: CHF 3.70) his most important figurative work. Despite being awarded first prize at the International Art Exhibition in Rome in 1911, the artist suddenly no longer appeared to be content with this version as he began revising the already framed painting in 1915. What is said to have originally been a gold-coloured background was painted grey and further ornaments were added to both Death and Life. This similarly very impressive painting measuring 180 x 200 centimetres is shown at Leopold Museum in the famous “museum quarter” of Vienna.