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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

Treasures of German Museums — Vincent van Gogh, Poppy Field

Germany: Treasures of German Museums – Vincent van Gogh, Poppy Field; 2 January 2020. Image from Deutsche Post.
Germany: Treasures of German Museums – Vincent van Gogh, Poppy Field (gummed stamp), 2 January 2020. Image from Colnect.
Germany: Treasures of German Museums – Vincent van Gogh, Poppy Field (gummed stamp full sheet), 2 January 2020. Image from Colnect.
Germany: Treasures of German Museums – Vincent van Gogh, Poppy Field (self-adhesive stamp), 2 January 2020. Image from Colnect.
Germany: Treasures of German Museums – Vincent van Gogh, Poppy Field – coil of 100; 2 January 2020. Image from Deutsche Post.

Issue Date:  02.01.2020
Value (in Euro cents):  155
Motif: Painting “Poppy field” by Vincent van Gogh ©Kunsthalle Bremen – The Kunstverein in Bremen, Photo: Marcus Meyer
Design postage stamp and stamp:  Stefan Klein and Olaf Neumann, Iserlohn
Printing:  Multicolor offset printing by Bundesdruckerei GmbH, Berlin, Germany on coated, white and fluorescent postage stamp paper DP II.
Size postage stamp:  39 x 33 mm
Packing of ten-sheet size: 104 x 191 mm
Arrangement of the PWz:  2 PWz next to each other, 5 PWz with each other
Order number:  151104870 single stamp; “Stamp Box” (coil of 100 self-adhesive stamps) — mint never hinged: 161004002 canceled: 004002EW5

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

The Dutchman Vincent van Gogh (1853-1890) is regarded as the founder of modern painting and is the best known, according to polls and most popular painter ever. Before Van Gogh exhibitions are formed regularly long lines of visitors, his motives are popular subjects for art prints and they can be found on a variety of everyday objects. As far as one knows today, he has over 1,000 drawings and 864 paintings left. One of them is “The Poppy Field”, which adorns the new stamp from the special stamp series “Treasures from German Museums”.

The oil painting, created in Saint-Rémy-de-Provence at the beginning of June 1889, shows a depression from an elevated position with fields and trees in the background. On the left are the roof of a building and a path, right is half past to see a tree or shrub hidden house. The colors are impasto (thick) applied, the protruding complementary contrast of red and green is enhanced by the dashed brushwork. The depth lines of the picture draw the view to the horizon. Thus, in the poppy field, there are some of the typical techniques typical of van Gogh: the use of bright, pure colors, the accentuation of the surface, the contrasts created by complementary colors, the dashed brushstrokes as well the simplification of the form while increasing the color.

In 1911, the Bremen Kunsthalle bought the painting for the then unbelievably high sum of 30,000 marks. This escalated controversy that had slandered between artists and museum directors: The artists accused those responsible in the museums, To acquire too much foreign, notably too much Impressionist art from France and German painters insufficient to take into account. In addition, they criticized the inflated prices of the paintings. This altercation, based on van Gogh’s Poppy field ignited, is referred to in art history as the ‘Bremen artists dispute’.

Bulletin No. 25 also details two special postmarks for the Treasures of German Museums — Vincent van Gogh, Poppy Field issue:

28195 BREMEN – 02.01.2020 stamp number: 25/324
Venue: Foyer of the Kunsthalle Bremen,
Am Wall 207, 28195 Bremen
Stamp:  oval
Text add-on:  Deutsche Post / Experience: Stamps / PWZ Day of Action / “Das Mohnfeld” / Kunsthalle Bremen / Vincent van Gogh / * 1853 † 1890
Additional image:  Vincent van Gogh – the painter of the painting “Das Pohnfeld”
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 6:00 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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