18 May 2020
SEPAC 2020 — Artwork in the National Collection
The 2020 Sepac stamp: Artworks in national collections — ‘Mother pulling off her daughter’s boots’
Artist: Christine Elisabeth Lund Deichmann
Denomination: DKK 18.00
Date of issue: 18th May 2020
10 stamps per sheet
Exterior dimensions: 28.80 x 40.00 mm
Format: G – vertical
Typography: Lowe-Martin Group
Print method: Offset
SEPAC 2020: Artwork in National Collection. Mint stamp 1 value. Face value / post office price: 18 DKK. Date of issue: 18th May 2020. Previous reference: 01100677
The 2020 Sepac Stamp
By Pertti Frandsen
For more than twenty years, POST Greenland has been a member of the Small European Postal Administrations’ Co-operation network, abbreviated Sepac. The 13 Sepac members are: The Faeroe Islands, Gibraltar, Greenland, Guernsey, Iceland, the Isle of Man, Jersey, Liechtenstein, Luxembourg, Malta, Monaco, the Vatican and Åland. These small European postal services largely face the same challenges with small domestic postal markets and a large export market among stamp collectors.
Every other year from 2007 to 2012, and every year since 2013, the Sepac countries have issued a stamp as part of a joint series. Sepac stamps are characterised by the special Sepac logo, which is incorporated into their design. The joint theme changes from year to year. The 2020 joint Sepac theme is ’Artworks in National Collections’.
POST Greenland’s 2020 Sepac Stamp
The artwork depicted on the 2020 Greenlandic Sepac stamp was selected in collaboration with Nunatta Katersugaasivia Allagaateqarfialu / The Greenland National Museum & Archive in Nuuk. The piece, titled ‘Mother pulling off her daughter’s boots’, is a watercolour that was painted at the beginning of the 20th century by Christine Elisabeth Lund Deichmann. We are very grateful to curator Frederik Fuuja Larsen and the director of the Greenland National Museum & Archive, Daniel Thorleifsen, for their enormous help in the selection process. Read more about the Greenland National Museum here: https://da.nka.gl/.
The Painter and her Importance
Christine Elisabeth Lund Deichmann (1869 – 1945) was one of the first female students to attend the Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts in Copenhagen. She was accepted to study at the academy of fine arts at the age of just thirteen, where she would paint and study for twelve years until she married Doctor Henrik Deichmann in 1894. The couple’s only child, a daughter whom they named Elisabeth, was born during the summer of 1896. The family lived in Greenland from 1901 to 1910, where her husband was the district doctor for Qaqortoq, Sisimiut and Uummannaq. As the wife of their doctor, Christine Deichmann was able to study closely the local populations of various locations in Greenland. This led to a prolific production of everyday portraits. She also painted many watercolours and drew many pictures of landscapes and animal life. Christine Deichmann’s most famous images from Greenland depicted Greenlanders’ everyday life, in which she was very interested. Christine Deichmann was a well-known artist during her own lifetime.
Over the course of her career she exhibited in Denmark, Sweden and Italy, doing so from 1898 to 1931, always as part of prominent contemporary art exhibitions. When she was widowed in 1939, she followed in her daughter’s footsteps and emigrated to the USA, where she lived until her death in 1945. She was buried in Copenhagen. Christine Deichmann is still considered an important artist in Greenland, as her naturalistic works portray family lives in Greenland just after the turn of the century. Reproductions of her art still appear on greetings cards, postcards and posters in Greenland and in Denmark. The Nuuk Art Museum and Greenland National Museum continue to exhibit her work. Her pictures are still sold at international auctions.
You can learn more about Christine Deichmann at www.nuukkunstmuseum.com.
True to tradition, a joint Sepac folder will be issued in September. This will contain one mint copy of each of the 13 Sepac members’ respective Sepac stamps of 2020. Our souvenir folder subscribers will receive this Sepac folder with the final subscription shipment that will be sent out on 6th November 2020.
Read more on www.sepacstamps.eu.