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Postage Stamp Day
Albín Brunovský
Catalogue Number:  198
Stamp and Tab Design:  Martin Činovský with using of A.Brunovský's work
Stamp Engraving:  Martin Činovský
Tab Engraving:  Rudolf Cigánik
Date of Issue:  December 18, 1999
Printing:  Postal Stationery Printing House, Prague, Czech Republic
Print Technology:  Rotary recess printing combined with recess printing
Print Run:  2,217,000
FDC Motif:  Martin Činovský
FDC Engraving:  Martin Činovský
Cancellation Design:  Martin Činovský
Printing:  Postal Stationery Printing House, Prague, Czech Republic
Print Technology:  Recess printing from flat plates
FDC Print Run:  10,000

Professor Albín Brunovský (1935 - 1997) - excellent artist, pedagogue and man. Each area of his creation - painting, illustration, graphics - became the jewel of the Slovak, as well as the world culture. Many awards at home and abroad testify this fact. Thanks to him, "Slovak Graphic School" started to be spoken of. In his creation he fastened on his forerunners and teachers (K. Sokol, V. Hloľník) and he educated several dozens of artists, and by his own example he inculcated professionalism, respect for creation and handcraft perfection to them.

Creation of postage stamps was the significant part not only of the creation of A. Brunovský, but also of his pedagogic activity. He created a lot of graphics designs of Czechoslovak stamps - especially portraits of personalities of the Slovak and world culture. He had substantial merit in formation of the Slovak Engraving School, which was missing here and only nowadays it has been included in the pedagogic process at the V©VU (Academie of Fine Arts). The postage stamp Matica slovenská (Slovak Heritage Organisation) was the first result of these efforts - a Slovak theme depicted by the Slovak artist and engraved by the first Slovak engraver was awarded the 1st prize as the Stamp of the Year 1988 and took the lead in the international poll of Mladá fronta newspaper. Its fragments are the part of this issue.

"They follow us..." wrote a poet on the occasion of the rounded anniversary of Albín Brunovský and that is true in all senses. Especially the continuity of the creative art development is preserved and Albín Brunovský - precious man and artist has his followers also in the creation of postage stamps.

Martin Činovský

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