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Martin Benka: Terchová Landscape

Grand Prix de l' Exposition WIPA, 1998, Vienna
( 3rd place )

Catalogue Number:  164
Graphic Lay-out:  Martin Činovský
Stamp Engraving:  František Horniak
Date of Issue:  October 15, 1998
Printing:  Postal Stationery Printing House, Prague
Print Technology:  Recess printing from flat plates
Print Run:  210,800
FDC Design:  Martin Činovský using Martin Benka's drawing
FDC Engraving:  František Horniak
Cancellation Design:  František Horniak using Benkas's drawing Field with Haycocks
FDC Printing:  Postal Stationery Printing House, Prague
FDC Print Technology:  Recess printing from flat plates
FDC Print Run:  10,000

Predominantly a painter and illustrator, Martin Benka (1888-1971) was one of the founders of modern Slovak art in the first half of the 20th century and was of a stature which the title National Artist merely confirmed. In what was an extensive and exceptionally important oeuvre he offered a candid avowal of his love, reverence and awe for Slovakia, its land and its people. It was not only the landscape as such that inspired him, however, but also the formal and tonal beauty of folk culture and the creative power of its manifestations and drew inspiration from both landscape and figural motifs. His work is the apotheosis of the Slovak land and its people and even during the artist's lifetime made a marked contribution to the identity of Slovakia, the homeland to which he readily devoted his whole life and work.

Terchova Landscape, the painting reproduced on the present stamp, was awarded the Silver Medal at the Paris world fair of 1937 in recognition of the distinctive contribution of Slovak art modern European painting as a whole.

Mgr. Anna Oláhová

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