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2003

Painting by Gustav Klimt featured on special issue stamp by Österreichische Post AG

Pressemeldung from 10.10.2003

500,000 copies of the famous female portrait called “Judith I” issued for the 100th anniversary of Österreichische Galerie Belvedere

On the occasion of the 100th anniversary of Österreichische Galerie Belvedere in Belvedere Palace, Vienna, Österreichische Post AG dedicates a special issue stamp to important Austrian painter Gustav Klimt (1862-1918).
The motif shows the masterpiece “Judith I” dating from 1901. The design and engraving is by Wolfgang Seidel, one of the most renowned stamp artists worldwide. The Austrian State Printing Office has produced 500,000 copies of the stamp using the so-called combination print method, a combination of halftone photogravure and copper plate engraving. The face value of this special issue stamp is € 2.10. This value corresponds to the current rate applicable for the “registered mail” extra service.
The special issue stamp, the first in a series of “Famous paintings from Austrian collections”, was presented on 10 October at the Österreichische Galerie Belvedere by Gerbert Frodl, the director of the museum, and Anton Wais, CEO of Österreichische Post AG.
Gustav Klimt’s probably best known painting, “Kiss”, was already featured on an Austrian stamp in 1964. The face value of this stamp, which was issued on the occasion of the reopening of the Vienna Secession, was three Schilling.



Picture: special issue stamp "Gustav Klimt"
Copyright: Österreichische Post AG
Press-printing free of charge

For more information please contact:
Österreichische Post AG
Company communication
Press section/ PR
Michael Homola
Phone: +43 (1) 515 51 - 32010
E-Mail: michael.homola@post.at

Vienna, 10 October 2003

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