Latvijas Pasts issues a new block of stamps dedicated to the world-famous Latvian artist Gustavs Klucis (1895–1938). The stamps included in the series “Outstanding Latvian Artists” use the motifs and materials of the artist’s works from the Latvian National Museum of Art and the Brass Library of the Academic Library of the University of Latvia, informed Vineta Danielsone, a representative of Latvijas Pasts.
The stamping of the first day of the block of two stamps is planned for July 10, 2020 at the Latvian National Museum of Art in Riga from 10.00 to 17.00. A presentation event of the stamp block is also planned at 12.00 with the participation of the representatives of Latvijas Pasts and the Latvian National Museum of Art, as well as the artist Lilija Dinere.
To mark the 125th anniversary of the artist, Latvijas Pasts issues a block of two stamps dedicated to Gustav Klucis in a series of 20,000 copies and a special envelope in 1,000 copies in the series “Outstanding Latvian Artists”. The nominal value of each postage stamp is € 1.00, and it corresponds to the payment of letter correspondence in the weight category up to 20 grams in the territory of Latvia.
Reproductions of Gustavs Klucis’ works “Construction” (1919–1920) and “Construction” (1920–1921) from the collection of the Latvian National Museum of Art, as well as photo portraits of the artist from the Academic Library of the University of Latvia Misi are used in the visual design of the philatelic editions created by the artist Lilija Dinere.
According to Vineta Danielson, a representative of Latvijas Pasts, Gustavs Klucis is one of the best known artists of Latvian origin in the world. Initially, he worked in painting, but in 1918 he turned to photomontage, made posters, designed agitation design objects, as well as monumental Soviet Russian national holiday decorations. His creative life took place in Moscow, where the artist gained fame as an outstanding representative of Russian avant-garde art. After the tragic death of Gustav Klucz during Stalin’s Great Terror, his name was literally erased from art history, and it took several decades for the artist’s work to return to the exhibition halls.
Gustavs Klucis is the only Latvian artist whose works are exhibited in the world‘s leading museums of modern art alongside his teacher Kazimir Malevich (1879–1935) and other giants of 20th century avant-garde art. The largest and most significant collection of works by the world is kept in the Latvian National Museum of Art.
The stamp block and envelope “Gustavs Klucis – 125” will initially be available for purchase at Riga Post Office 10, Elizabetes Street 14/43, Riga 50 Post Office at Origo Shopping Center, Stacijas Square 2, Post Office “Sakta” at 32 Brīvības Boulevard, Riga. , as well as in the Latvijas Pasts e-shop.
The stamp series “Outstanding Latvian Artists” has been issued since 2016 – during this time, four blocks of stamps dedicated to different Latvian artists have been issued: Janis Rozentāls (2016), Jānis Tīdemanis (2017), Ansim Cīrulis (2018) and Johans Valters (2019).
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