The Tradition of Czech Stamp Production - Josef Liesler
|Date of issue||20. 1. 2012|
|Face value||10 CZK|
|Print sheets||30 stamps|
|Size of picture||40 x 23 mm|
|Graphic designer||Oldřich Kulhánek|
The newly outlined Tradition of Czech Stamp Design issue commemorates another of Czechoslovak and Czech stamp designers - Josef Liesler (19 September 1912, Vidolice u Kadaně - 23 August 2005, Prague).
Liesler was a Czech painter, graphic artist and illustrator. In the 1930s he graduated from the University of Architecture and Structural Engineering, Prague. Liesler´s great artistic talent became evident when he was still a student.
He taught drawing courses in 1945-49 and all his life remained proud of his work as a teacher. He considered drawing as the basis of art. In his own work he preferred graphic art, especially lithography, which gave him a chance to apply harmony between precise lines and colours.
In October 1939 he entered the history of Czech art by organising, jointly with some other artists, an independent exhibition at the Topič Salon. The artists called themselves Sedm v říjnu (Seven in October). The event was triggered by sculptor Vincent Makovský who met the young artists in the U Štýdlů pub and offered them the time window for his Prague exhibition with the provoking: "Now show me what you can do."
At that time Liesler followed expressionism. His paintings reflected the occupation time described in symbols. In his soul he always was a humanist, and kept fighting also in his art against any form of restriction of freedom. His paintings brim with rich shapes and full colours.
He was admitted as a member of the prestigious association of artists Mánes during the war, when he was still a young man. He was also one of the oldest surviving members of Hollar, the association of artists he was proud to belong to. Liesler won a number of awards, such as the UNESCO World´s Most Beautiful Stamp Award (1975). Despite the initial lack of trust on the side of philatelists - Liesler was too much modern and unconventional an artist for them - he designed more than a hundred of stamps. He was very proud of his membership in the glorious Academy in Florence and the Royal Academy for the Arts of Belgium.
rotary recess print in black combined with photogravure in violet, yellow, blue and orange
The postage stamp is issued both in the form of sheets and as a book of 8 stamps and 4 coupons.