Czech and Slovak Artists
The National Gallery in Prague, the capital of the Czech Republic, was founded in the year 1796 as one of the first public collections in Europe. The National Gallery’s collections are based on the earlier Picture Gallery and the Modern Gallery of the Kingdom of Bohemia, patronized in the past by the mentioned Society of Patriotic Friends of the Arts. Today the National Gallery is the main national collection of plastic and graphic art in the Czech Republic. The purpose of the National Gallery is on the one hand to manage and to enlarge the collection, on the other hand to present it to the public by means of permanent exhibitions, publications and others expert academic activities.
The National Gallery in Prague is in possession of the finest works of art created by the Czech and Slovak artists during the last centuries. I have selected for you eight beautiful portraits, among those that I like mostly.Tip: Point on the stamps with the mouse index for more information about the works of art displayed and about the stamps.
Please note the harmony of colors on all paintings and also the elegant clothes of all adult sitters.
The sets were accompanied by usually nicely illustrated First Day Covers and by Maximum Cards, very appreciated by the stamp collectors.
The first set of the famous Arts Series of Czechoslovakia was issued in 1966. Year after year a beautiful set after another was proposed to the stamps collectors of the whole world. All stamps have the same, quite big format and all are engraved, what makes them especially attractive. After the splitting in two countries, the Czech and the Slovak Republics have continued, fortunately, with their art stamps issuing politics, using the same basic design and maintaining the same high quality.
Because the stamps are engraved, it is very difficult to obtain good scans of them, without to save them in big files. The compromise that I have found between the files sizes and the quality of images is a compromise that is still acceptable (even in 2004), I hope. The original stamps are much nicer and with much more subtle colors and shades than their images on this page.