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The first six stamps (and one item of postal stationery) to be released by Deutsche Post in 2020 are detailed in the Stempel und Infos bulletin No. 25, published on 29 November 2020.

02 January 2020

Ernst Barlach — 150th Birth Anniversary

Germany: Ernst Barlach – 150th Birth Anniversary, 2 January 2020. Image from Deutsche Post.
Germany: Ernst Barlach – 150th Birth Anniversary (gummed stamp), 2 January 2020. Image from Colnect.
Germany: Ernst Barlach – 150th Birth Anniversary (gummed stamp full sheet), 2 January 2020. Image from Colnect.
Germany: Ernst Barlach – 150th Birth Anniversary (self-adhesive stamp), 2 January 2020. Image from Colnect.
Germany: Ernst Barlach – 150th Birth Anniversary – “Stamp Set”, 2 January 2020. Image from Deutsche Post.

Issue Date:  02.01.2020
Value (in Euro cents):  270
Motif: Photo Sculpture “Head of the Güstrow Memorial” © SLUB Dresden / German Photo Library
Design postage stamp and stamp: Thomas Mayfried, Munich
Printing:  Multicolor offset printing of Bagel Security-Print GmbH & Co. KG, on coated, white and fluorescent postage stamp paper DP II.
Size postage stamp:  33 x 39 mm
Packing of ten-sheet size: 191 x 104 mm
Arrangement of the PWz:  5 PWz next to each other, 2 PWz with each other
Order number:  151104868 single stamp; “Stamp Set” with 10 self-adhesive special postage stamps — mint never hinged: 152305002 used: 005002EW5

The following is machine-translated from the German detailed in the Stempel+Informationen bulletin No. 25 published on 29 November 2020:

The German sculptor, graphic artist and writer Ernst Barlach was born on January 2, 1870 in the Wedel in Holstein. In 1888 he began studying at the School of Applied Arts Hamburg and moved in 1891 to the Art Academy in Dresden. 1899 Barlach lived in Berlin for the first time until 1901, when he moved back to Wedel. Back in Berlin, he participated in 1904 at one Art Exhibition. As a winner of the Villa Romana Prize in 1909, Ernst Barlach was given the opportunity to live in Italy for ten months and to work. In 1910 he retired to Güstrow in Mecklenburg with his mother and son Nikolaus.

During the First World War, Ernst Barlach received training as a Landsturmmann. But very soon his changed euphoric attitude and immediately afterwards he made different in dealing with the war experiences Woodcuts on. In addition, as a poet and novelist who was significantly influenced by Expressionism, he also wrote several dramas. To At that time, Barlach maintained intensive contacts with the Güstrow artist couple Bernhard and Marga Böhmer. The sculptor was finally, companion and administrator of the estate of Ernst Barlach.

In addition to woodcuts and bronze sculptures, which often had religious themes to the content, Ernst Barlach created memorials for the Victims of the World War like The Floating in Güstrow (1927) and the Magdeburg Memorial (1929). Especially these fallen monuments led long before the seizure of power by the National Socialists to libel campaigns reactionary Circles against him. Much of his oeuvre was confiscated in 1937 during the “Degenerate Art” campaign. Ernst Barlach died on October 24, 1938 in Rostock and was buried in the family tomb in Ratzeburg. Marga Böhmer held the commemoration in public awareness with the Atelierhaus on Güstrower Heidberg and the Gertrudenkapelle, which today is part of the Ernst Barlach Foundation.

Bulletin No. 25 also details two special postmarks for the Ernest Barlach issue:

18273 GÜSTROW – 02.01.2020 stamp number: 25/325
Venue:  Ernst-Barlach-Stiftung,
Heidberg 15, 18273 Güstrow
Stamp:  oval
Text add-on:  Deutsche Post / Experience: Stamps / Honorary Citizen of the City / 150th Birthday / ERNST HEINRICH / BARLACH / * 1870 † 1938
Additional image:  Ernst Barlach in his older years during his lifetime in Güstrow
Graphic artist:  Wittmann, Schwabach
Stamp manufacturer:  Wittmann, Schwabach
Address for written cancellation orders:
Deutsche Post AG, Niederlassung BRIEF Berlin 1,
Sonderstempelstelle
Brief: 11508 Berlin / Fracht: Eresburgstr. 21, 12103 Berlin

The “Erlebnis Briefmarken” team Hamburg is on site from 11:00 am to 5:00 pm to apply this postmark.  In addition, an cacheted cover – C6 format (162 x 114 mm) – will be on sale for the event.  This cover is only available on site. No order possible!

22880 WEDEL – 02.01.2020 Stamp number: 25/326
Venue:  Foyer of Neuen Rathauses der Stadt Wedel,
Rathausplatz 3-5, 22880 Wedel
Stamp:  rectangle
Text add-on:  Deutsche Post / Experience: Stamps / City of birth / 150th birthday / ERNST HEINRICH / BARLACH / * 1870 † 1938
Additional image: The young Ernst Barlach
Graphic artist:  Wittmann, Schwabach
Stamp manufacturer:  Wittmann, Schwabach
Address for written cancellation orders:
Deutsche Post AG, Niederlassung BRIEF Berlin 1,
Sonderstempelstelle
Brief: 11508 Berlin / Fracht: Eresburgstr. 21, 12103 Berlin

The “Erlebnis Briefmarken” team Hamburg is on site from 10:00 am to 5:00 pm to apply this postmark.  In addition, an cacheted cover – C6 format (162 x 114 mm) – will be on sale for the event.  This cover is only available on site. No order possible!

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