Wednesday, December 16, 2015

Czech Republic 2015
Works of Art on Postage Stamps: Antonin Strnadel

COUNTRY: Czech Republic
ISSUE DATE: 16 December 2015
THEME: Antonin Strnadel - The Bride
STAMP SIZE: 40 x 50 mm
 STAMP DESIGN: Pavel Kovářík

ANTONÍN STRNADEL (1910 – 1975): The Bride, 1960, book illustration

The stamp features a typical Strnadel’s drawing of a girl in folk costume, made in 1960.

Antonín Strnadel was a prominent Czech painter, graphic artist and illustrator. He was born on 10 May 1910 and died on 31 October 1975. In 1967, he was awarded the title of National Artist. He is buried at the Slavín cemetery in Prague’s Vyšehrad.

He came from the family of a logger and forest clearing worker in Trojanovice. On the recommendation of his teacher A. Hurt, Strnadel painted and coloured photographs and postcards as an assistant in the bookshop owned by the Parmas.

In 1927-1933, he studied with J. Benda at the School of Applied Arts in Prague. The next three years he studied at the Academy of Fine Arts in Prague with Professor M. Švabinský.

From 1945, he worked as a professor at the School of Applied Arts in Prague and became an important representative of Czech post-war illustration. Illustrations are the centre of gravity of his work. His paintings drew from the folklore of his native Wallachia region. As a painter, he captured a large number of Wallachian folk buildings and their interiors, furniture, tools of shepherds and their life in the hut.

Historically valuable cottage No. 451 in the centre of the village of Nový Hrozenkov serves as a memorial to Antonín Strnadel, who used it as his studio in 1935-1936

Stamp image and description thanks to Česká pošta