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№ 617-628. Russia. XX century. Culture.


Painter – Artsymenev Y.

Stamps per sheet: 12 (3x4 stamps).
Paper - coated; manufacturing process - offset; perforation - comb 12½ x 12.
The margins of the sheetlet feature pictures reflecting various events in Russia's culture in the 20th century. The left margin (top to bottom): a detail of a draft decoration by Benois for the "Nightingale" ballet by Stravinsky (1914); Mikhail Fokin in Arlekiniada ballet by R.Drigo (1900); a storm petrel, a romantic symbol of freedom-loving people in Gorky's works; theatrical masks and details of decorations by L.S.Popova to the play "A Generous Cuckold" (1922, the Meyerhold Theatre). In the upper margin (left to right): T.P.Karsavina dancing "The Phantom of Rose" by K.M.Veber (1911); L.Sokolova dancing "The Holy Spring" by Stravinsky (1913); "A female torso", "The Red square", "Suprematism" by K.S.Malevich (early 20c); the organ and the stage of the Great Hall of Moscow Conservatoire n.a. P.I.Chaikovsky. In the right margin (top to bottom): a still-shot from "The Potyomkin Battleship" movie; a drawing by V.V.Mayakovsky; G.S.Ulanova as Juliet; an Icon of Our Saviour (a drawing after a bas-relief from St.George's Cathedral in Yuriev-Polsky). In the lower margin (left to right): the text "The 20th century"; a restored mosaic from the bell-tower of the Resurrection Cathedral (Our Saviour on Blood) in St. Petersburg; a view of the Solovetsky Monastery.
Sheet print quantity - 350000.

617 618 619
620 621 622
623 624 625
626 627 628

Face value Size Description Price, mint Price, used
617 0.30 42×30 "The Russian Seasons". A series of performances by Russian opera and ballet stars in Paris and London organised by Sergey Dyagilev in 1908-1914. The Russian Seasons, which enlisted famous composers, singers, artists, and dancers, promoted the Russian culture abroad. The stamp features the portraits of S.P.Dyagilev (1872-1929), the producer of the Russian Seasons; I.F.Stravinsky (1882-1971), a composer; V.F.Nizhinsky, a dancer, as Petrushka from "Petrushka" ballet (1911, by Stravinsky). In the centre of the stamp there is a poster issued for the Russian Seasons in 1909, featuring the ballet prima Anna Pavlova. The right part of the stamp features Vazlav Nizhinsky as a Slave ("Sheherezada" ballet, 1888, by N.A.Rimsky-Korsakov). multicolor 0.30 0.10
618 0.50 42×30 "The Black Square" by K.S.Malevich. The 1900-1910s saw the coming of the abstract art which renounced realistic painting. In 1913 Kazimir Malevich (1878-1935), a Russian artist, introduces suprematism, a movement in painting which deals with combinations of basic geometrical forms and volumetric forms projected onto a plane. The stamp features "The Black Square" by K.S.Malevich against the background of the artist's portrait. multicolor 0.50 0.20
619 1.00 42×30 S.M.Eisenstein, "Potyomkin Battleship". Sergey Mikhailovich Eisenstein (1898-1948) was a Soviet film director, theorist of arts, teacher. Working on Mosfilm Studios on a series of historical movies, he introduced new methods of cutting, rhythm application, close-ups and foreshortening. In 1925 he produced "Potyomkin Battleship", one of the most prominent Soviet and world movies. In 1958 "Potyomkin Battleship" was named among top twelve movies of all times. The stamp features S.M.Eisenstein and fragments from "Potyomkin Battleship". multicolor 1.00 0.35
620 1.30 42×30 A.M.Gorky (Alexey Maximovich Peshkov, 1868-1936), a Russian and Soviet writer, publicist, a prominent public figure. Gorky is the author of short stories, novels, plays, articles, literary portraits, and memoires. His works influenced the world literature to a great extent. The stamp features a statue of Gorky by I.D.Shadr (1939) against the background of pictures illustrating Gorky's work in ACADEMIA publishing house (1922) and foundation of "Lives of Prominent People" publishing house (1933). multicolor 1.30 0.42
621 1.50 42×30 Symbols of the era of Socialist Development. The stamp features "A Workman and a Collective Farmer" (by V.I.Mukhina (1889-1953), created in 1935-1937) against the background of a five-poined star. The figures of a man and a woman carrying a sickle and a hammer became the symbols of the Soviet Society. In the left part of the stamp there is a draft of a monument to the Third International (steel, glass, wood, 1919-1920, original model did not survive) by V.E.Tatlin, a Soviet artist, graphic artist, father of art design in the USSR. multicolor 1.50 0.45
622 1.75 42×30 "Satirical Windows of the Russian Telegraph Agency". A series of posters created by artists and poets by stencil (M.M.Chermnykh, D.S.Moor, V.V.Mayakovsky) in 1919-1921. The satirical posters covered the burning issues of the day and became one of the world's finest examples of political posters. The stamp features V.V.Mayakovsky (1893-1930), a poet and a reformist of the Russian poetic language against the background of a poster "A story of a bublik and a woman who hates the republic" (drawings by M.M.Chermnykh, verses by V.V.Mayakovsky). multicolor 1.75 0.48
623 2.00 42×30 V.E.Meyerhold, K.S.Stanislavsky, theatre directors and theorists of theatrical art. Vsevolod Emylievich Meyerhold (1874-1940), a director, an actor, a teacher, a People's Artist of Russia, a theatre reformist. Meyerhold combined new ways of theatrical acting and directing (propaganding and addressing the burning issues of the day) and the classical approach. He influenced the Russian and the world theatre greatly. Konstantin Sergeyevich Stanislavsky (1863-1938), a director, an actor, a teacher, a People's Artist of the USSR (1936). Stanislavsky is a co-founder of the Moscow Art Theatre (1898). The stamp features (left to right): a detail of a portrait of Meyerhold by B.D.Grigiryev (1916); decorations by L.S.Popova for the play "A Generous Cuckold" (1922, the Meyerhold Theatre); a fragment from "A Seagull" play in the Moscow Art Theatre (play by A. Chekhov, 1898); a portrait of K.S.Stanislavsky. multicolor 2.00 0.50
624 2.50 42×30 D.D. Shostakovich. Dmitry Dmitrievich Shostakovich (1906-1975), a Soviet composer, a People's Artist of the USSR (1954). The works of Shostakovich opened up by means of music the complex spiritual world of an artist in the 20th century. In the left part of the stamp there is a portrait of D.D. Shostakovich against the background of Leningrad's sights. The right part of the stamp features D.D.Shostakovich and his contemporaries S.T.Richter, a prominent pianist and a People's Artist of the USSR, and D.F.Oistrakh, a violinist and a People's Artist of the USSR, against the background of the Great Hall of the Moscow Conservatoire n.a. P.I.Chaikovsky (after a photo of 1970s). multicolor 2.50 0.55
625 3.00 42×30 G.S. Ulanova. Galina Sergeevna Ulanova (1910-1998), a Soviet ballet prima, a People's Artist of the USSR (1951). In 1928-1944 Ulanova danced in the Kirov's Opera and Ballet Theatre in Leningrad, in 1944-1960 she joined the Bolshoi Theatre in Moscow. Galina Ulanova is famous for her exquisitely graceful and expressive dancing, she also contributed a lot to the development of the Russian Ballet. Ulanova won the world's recognition for her expressive dances, being able to relate in a dance the most complex dramas. The stamp features a portrait of G.S.Ulanova and a fragment from Prokofiev's Romeo and Juliet ballet (1940), where Ulanova danced as Juliet, and K.M.Sergeyev danced as Romeo. multicolor 3.00 0.60
626 4.00 42×30 A.T.Tvardovsky. Alexander Trifonovich Tvardovsky (1910-1971),a Russian poet and a public figure, editor-in-chief of Novy Mir magazine (in 1950-1954 and 1958-1970). His poetry which reflected the Russian character, thoughts about the time, the duty of an artist, and the tragic contradictions of a person's spiritual world, became a prominent part of Soviet Literature. As the editor-in-chief of Novy Mir magazine, he published many literary pieces which reflected the social and cultural changes in society in the late 1950s ("the Thaw"). The stamp features a portrait of Tvardovsky, the cover of Novy Mir, and the building of the Polytechnic Museum in Moscow which hosted poetical events, a characteristic feature of the Thaw in the USSR. multicolor 4.00 0.80
627 5.00 42×30 Restoration of old relics and monuments. After the Great Patriotic War the domestic architects faced the need to reconstruct and rebuild more than 1,700 destructed cities and towns. A fine example of the restoration efforts is the reconstruction of the destroyed suburbs of St.Petersburg (Leningrad), which were famous for their beauty. The stamp features restoration of the palaces of Petrodvorets. In the left part of the stamp there are ruins of the Great Palace, and in the right part of the stamp there are the rebuilt Great Palace, the park, and Samson fountain. multicolor 5.00 1.00
628 6.00 42×30 D.S.Likhachev. Dmitry Sergeyevich Likhachev (1906-1999), a specialist in study of literature, a historian, and a public figure, an Academician of the Russian Academy of Science (1991). Likhachev wrote a fundamental study of "The Legend of the Igor's Regiment", and many other works on literature and culture of Ancient Russia. He also worked on text studies ("Poetics of the Ancient Russian Literature"). Likhachev's works supported the spiritualism of the Arts and the ultimate value of life. The stamp features a portrait of D.S.Likhachev and the building of the Pushkin House (The Russian Culture Institute) in St.Petersburg where Likhachev worked, as well as a portrait of archpriest Avvakum (1620-1682), made after an icon of 17th-18th cc, and a page from his manuscript named "My Life" (between 1672 and 1675). multicolor 6.00 1.20

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