Nudes on Romanian Stamps

Dedicated to the "women" of my youth 

    The stamps featured below marked a kind of revolution in the usually quite conservative Romanian philately. They appeared during a short period of a certain relaxation of the unique ruling party's grip over the Romanian population, permitting also for some freedom in the choice of stamp subjects. This was also the period of the worldwide blossom in the reproduction of the works of art on stamps, so that the commercial reasons had also an important influence on the decisions takers of the Romanian philately of that time.  

Romania, 1969. Gheorghe Tattarescu, Woman Carrrying Jug. Sc. 2088. Romanian Museum of Art, Bucharest. Romania, 1969. Theodor Pallady, Reclining Woman. Sc. 2089. Zambaccian Museum, Bucharest. Romania, 1969. Nicolae Tonitza, Seating Woman. Sc. 2090. Zambaccian Museum, Bucharest

    Anyway, for one or another reason, the Romanian Post took the philatelist by surprise, by issuing successively, during two years, two sets of a high quality nude stamps, accompanied by two souvenir sheets and by first day covers.

Romania, 1969. Hans von Aacheni, The Three Graces. Sc. 2093. Nat. Art. Museum. Galeria Universala, Bucharest. Romania, 1969. Flemish School, Venus and Amor. Sc. 2091. National Art Museum, Galeria Universala, Bucharest. Romania, 1969. Pietro Liberi, Diana and Endymion. Sc. 2091. Nat. Museum of Art, Galeria Universala, Bucharest.

    The stamps were freely available at face in the state philatelic commerce, in important quantities, but disappeared quite quickly from the state shops (especially the sheet of the 1969 issue) due to a high demand on the internal and external markets. Today these stamps are obtainable without any difficulty.

Romania, 1969. Nudes. FDC, issued March 27, 1969. Romania, 1969. Nudes. FDC, issued March 27, 1969.

     The artistic concept of the issuers was an interesting one. Each of both sets shows three Romanian and three foreign works of art, all found in the Romanian art museums. In each of groups there are shown works of classical masters and of modern ones, covering this way the tastes of a large number of art lovers and of stamp collectors. 

Romania, 1971. Angelo Bronzino - Agnolo Tori, Venus and Amor. Sc. 2261. National Art Museum, Bucharest. Romania, 1969. Pietro Liberi, Diana and Endymion. Sc. 2094. Nat. Museum of Art, Galeria Universala, Bucharest.

    Representative of the classical art are the works of the artists Ressu or Tattarescu for the Romanian painters, and of Liberi, Bronzino or Delacroix for the foreign artists. The artists Tonitza and Pallady are the representative of the modern Romanian painting, and a work of Renoir was chosen to represent the foreign modern art. Interestingly enough, the classic Romanian painter Grigorescu is represented by a work that is strongly influenced by the modern French painters.

Romania, 1971. Iosif Iser, Nude. Sc. 2255. Privat collection Romania, 1971. Nicolae Ion Grigorescu, Nude. Sc. 2257. Romania, 1971. Auguste Renoir, Odalisque. Sc. 2259. Zambaccian Museum, Bucharest

     An interesting stamp is that issued in 1969, value of 1.75L (Mi. 2769, Sc. 2091) and on the sheet (shown above, on the right hand, Mi. Bl. 70, Sc. 2094), and reproducing the painting "Diana and Endymion" by the Italian painter Pietro Liberi (1614-1687), and not by Marco Liberi, as written on the stamp and in some international stamps catalogues. This stamp is, in my opinion, the nicest stamp of the Romanian topical philately and one of the most outstanding in the world of the art stamps philately worldwide.

Romania, 1971. Camil Ressu, Odalisque. Sc. 2256. Collection Nona, Bucharest. Romania, 1971. Eugene Delacroix, Odalsique. Sc. 2258. Zambaccian Museum, Bucharest Romania, 1971. Palma il Vechhio - Jacoppo Negretti, Venus and Amor. Sc. 2260. National Art Museum, Bucharest

    Another interesting stamp was issued also in 1969, the value of 3L (Mi. 2760, Sc. 2092), representing the work "Three Graces" by the German painter Hans von Aachen. Some  international catalogues attribute it to the Italian painter Allesandro Varotari. Please click here vor more information about this interesting and problematic stamp. For more information about the stamps and the work of art presented please above please point to them with the mouse index and read the text that appears in the popup window.

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Published: 09/09/2001. Revised: 01/02/06.
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