Paintings from the National Gallery in Prague on Stamps

The National Gallery in Prague is one of the most “visible” galleries of art on stamps. With stamps being issued under the title “Art from the National Gallery” from 1966 (which is more than 50 years ago!), it was the foundation of one of the most long-lasting series of stamps in the entire world.

In figures

Published from 1966- present day: as of 2018, it will be ongoing for exactly 52 years chronologically.

Such stamps were not issued in only 2 years: in 1978 (stamps were issued for the 30th anniversary of the Slovak National Gallery in Bratislava instead) and in 1983 (when stamps featuring art from the National Theater in Prague). That means that the 50th series of stamps inspired by the National Gallery in Prague are going to be issued in 2018!

Between 1966-1992 the issues were of Czechoslovakia. Issues 1993-to date are from the Czech Republic.

All stamps are given the title of the artwork, the artist (with years of birth and death where known) as well as the location of the artwork in the museum universe of Czechoslovakia/The Czech Republic. Rarely, an anniversary is being marked on the stamps (as it happened in 1994, for the stamp devoted to Lucas  van Leyden, when the 500th anniversary of birth was mentioned on the stamp).

The series has a visible penchant for painting. Occasionally, sculpture is being shown. Only once photography was represented with one stamp (Jaromir Funke‘s “Loneliness with Glasses” in 2014). It is also the only stamp from the series not to have been engraved, but given a ‘modern’ look through digital printing.

Stamps were issued in series of 2 to 6. Originally the series included 5 stamps, but variations occurred. Most recent series from the Czech Republic include a maximum of 3 stamps.

191 stamps in this series were issued between 1966 and to date (including the 2017 stamps).

The stamps of former Czechoslovakia were usually issued during the last week of November, while the Czech Republic ones are issued in the second week of November. In recent years, the masterpieces to be shown on stamps are announced by the Czech Post at least 12 months in advance.

A large variety of local artists is being showcased in the half-centennial issue. Only 27 paintings by foreign artists were featured to date.

Many artists have been featured more than once on stamps from the series (the number between brackets refers to the number of times): Vaclav Hollar (4); Peter Bohun (3); Albrecht Durer (3); Alfons Mucha (3); Karel Skreta (3); Maximilian Svabinsky (3); Jan Zrzavy (3); Martin Benka (2); Cyril Bouda (2); Petr Brandl (2); Vaclav Brozik (2); Josef Capek (2); Lucas Cranach the Elder (2); Norbert Grund (2); Frantisek Hudecek (2); Jan Kupecky (2); Master Theodoricus (2); Pablo Picasso (2); Jan Preisler (2); Jakub Schikaneder (2); Zdenek Sklenar (2); Frantisek Tichy (2);

Below you will find the list of the stamps from this series (1966-2017) ordered alphabetically by the last name of the artist. Where available, Michel catalog numbers have been given. Years 1966-1992 refer to the issues of former Czechoslovakia, while issues 1993-present refer to the issues of the Czech Republic.


A-C

Year MiNr Artist Title

2002

343

Ales Mikolas St. Venceslas

1974

2235

Alexy Janko A Woman with a Jug

1984

2790

Barvitius Viktor A Thursday at the Fair

1979

2537

Bauch Jan The Equestrian Artist

1971

2034

Bazovsky Milos A Woman with a Jug

1969

1913

Benczur Gyula Girl with Puppet

1973

2173

Benka Martin Resistance

1988

2979

Benka Martin Field Workers Carrying Sacks

1997

162

Bilek Frantisek Prophet Returning from Desert

1968

1841

Bohun Peter Michal Portrait of Jan Francisci

1973

2176

Bohun Peter Michal Ilona Kubinyi

1977

2414

Bohun Peter Michal Portrait of Jan Francisci

1976

2352

Bouda Cyril A Vase of Oleander with a View of Florence

2001

309

Bouda Cyril The Bar “Sans Souci” in Nimes

1980

2590

Bozetech Jozef Portrait of Pavel Jozef Safarik

1967

1751

Brandl Petr Jan Self-portrait

2000

275

Brandl Petr Jan Simon with Jesus as Child

1992

3134

Braque Georges Still Life with Grapes

2008

577

Braunerova Zdenka The Molda River at Kecany

1976

2353

Breughel Jan the Elder A Vase of Flowers

2003

384

Bronzino Agnolo Eleonor of Toledo

1974

2233

Brozik Vaclav Portrait of Frantisek Ondricek

2001

310

Brozik Vaclav The Geese Watcher

1986

2889

Brunner Hugo The Bohemian Lion

2004

416

Bubak Alois The Bohemian Paradise

2005

452

Burian Zdenek Adventurous

1976

2354

Byss Rudolf A Bouquet of Tulips and Narcissi

1975

2297

Capek Josef Fire

1987

2936

Capek Josef The Harmonica Player

2006

494

Cermak Jaroslav The Madonna of Montenegro

1975

2296

Cermakova Alena The Liberation of Prague

1992

3135

Cerminova Marie The Forlorn Hollow

1997

161

Chittussi Antonin Landscape with the Chantilly Castle

1977

2416

Cranach Lucas the Elder Portrait of a Maiden

1986

2893

Cranach Lucas the Elder Adam and Eve

D-H

Year MiNr Artist Title

2014

824

Dali Salvador Leda Atomica

2006

493

de Heem, Davidsz Still Life with Fruit

1988

2981

Delacroix Eugene Jaguar Attacking a Rider

1968

1805

Durer Albrecht Rosary Feast, Detail

1971

2036

Durer Albrecht Rosary Feast, Detail

1979

2538

Durer Albrecht Couple of Dancing Peasants

1991

3104

El Greco The Image of Christ

1991

3102

Ernst Max Everyday Life of the Household

1982

2696

Filla Emil A Convergence of Birds

1996

131

Flegel Georg Breakfast with an Egg

1966

1672

Fulla Ludovit The Recruit

2014

823

Funke Jaromir Loneliness with Glasses

1970

1965

Galanda Mikulas Mother with Child

1998

191

Gauguin Paul The Fear

1981

2644

Gerassimov Aleksandr Peonies

1985

2841

Ginovsky Jozef Young Lady in Blue Dress

1985

2844

Grien Hans Baldung The Beheading of Dorothea

1986

2891

Gross Frantisek The Construction of the Metro

1967

1750

Grund Norbert A Walk in the Park

2017

nn Grund Norbert A Gallant Scene

1991

3105

Guderna Ladislav Coincidence

1985

2845

Hals Franz Portrait of Jasper Schade van Westrum

1995

97

Hirschely Jan Kaspar A Bouquet of Flowers

1969

1912

Hloznik Vincenc The Crucifixion

1966

1668

Hollar Vaclav Spring (London Seasons)

1972

2107

Hollar Vaclav Lady with Fur Cape

1977

2415

Hollar Vaclav Self-potrait

1981

2641

Hollar Vaclav Prague in 1636

1970

1967

Hudecek Frantisek A Walker at Dusk

1999

238

Hudecek Frantisek The Monument

2004

418

Hynais Vojtech Spring

I-L

Year MiNr Artist Title

1989

3025

Jasusch Anton Nirvana

2010

661

Jiranek Milos The Sand Barge

2009

615

Justitz Alfred The Alley

2005

453

Kalvoda Alois The Poplars of Velke Nemcice

2006

495

Kavan Frantisek Under the Dry Rocks

2005

451

Kosarek Adolf Landscape in Summer

1989

3027

Kotik Pravoslav The Bakers

2016

nn Kral Jaroslav Two Wives

1982

2693

Kremlicka Rudolf Woman Bathing

1974

2232

Kuba Ludvik Self-potrait

1974

2234

Kubin Otakar A Bouquet in a Jar

1973

2175

Kubista Bohumil Pierrot

1966

1669

Kupecky Ian Portrait of Mrs. F. Wussinova

2012

746

Kupecky Ian Self-portrait with Family

1998

190

Kupka Frantisek Formless Shapes

2017

nn Kuscynskyj Taras Cuddled

1987

2935

Lada Josef Triptych with Bohemian Landscape

2007

533

Lebeda Otakar The Way to Castle Bechyne

1987

2933

Lhotak Kamil The Limit of Dreams

2012

745

Lhotak Karel Little Girl with Long Hair

1972

2108

Liesler Josef A Midsummer Night Dream

M-N

Year MiNr Artist Title

1995

98

Machek Antonin Portrait of Josef Malinsky

1967

1749

Majernik Cyprian Don Quixote

1979

2535

Mally Gustav Self-portrait with Easel

1984

2793

Manes Antonin The Fortress of Kokorin

1971

2035

Manes Josef Veruna Cudova

2007

532

Manesova Amelie The Castle of Vrbicany

1999

237

Marak Julius The Marshes

1995

96

Marold Ludeek The Parisian

1967

1752

Master of Cesky-Brod St. Bartholomew and St. Thomas

1971

2033

Master of Hohenfurth Resurrection

1969

1911

Master of the Altar of Trebon Resurrection

1970

1969

Master of Visegrad Codex The Three Magi

1968

1843

Master Pavel of Levoca Saint Mary with the Child

1969

1914

Master Theodoricus Saint Hieronymus

2000

274

Master Theodoricus Luke the Evangelist

2015

nn Matal Bohumir The Sitting

1976

2351

Matejka Peter A Bouquet of Flowers

1982

2694

Milly Dezider The Young Bride

1993

26

Miro Joan Composition

2002

344

Molitur Jan Petr Portrait of Young Man with Lute

1979

2534

Moravec Alois Sunday at the River

1975

2298

Morstadt Vincenc Old City of Prague

1968

1842

Mucha Alfons Princess Hyacinth

1990

3071

Mucha Alfons The Slav Epic

2000

276

Mucha Alfons The Brunette

1977

2413

Murdoch Jan The Fear

1969

1910

Muzika Frantisek The Great Requiem of 1944

1990

3070

Myslbek Vaclav Saint Agnes of Bohemia

1998

202

Navratil Josef The Spinner

2008

578

Nejedly Otakar Path in Autumn

2015

nn Nepras Karel The Big Argument

1975

2295

Nevan Eugen Woman with Traditional Costume from Liptov

Miro_Joan


O-S

Year MiNr Artist Title

1984

2791

Palugyay Zolo Landscape with Flowers

2002

342

Panuska Jaroslav The Lonely Woman

1973

2172

Pelc Antonin The Knave of Martinique

2017

nn Pesicova Jaroslava The Winner

1972

2109

Picasso Pablo Self-portrait

1981

2645

Picasso Pablo Woman Standing

2011

705

Piepenhagen Friedrich Winter Landscape

2007

534

Pinkas Soveslav Montmartre

2013

790

Piranesi Giovanni View with Roman Church

1980

2591

Podzemna-Suchardova Anna The Peasant Revolt

1968

1840

Preisler Jan The Black Pond

1998

201

Preisler Jan Painting from the Italian Cycle

1988

2980

Preissig Vojtech Woman Looking at a Bluethroat

1966

1670

Purkyne Karel The Snow Owl

1985

2843

Rabas Vaclav Avenue of Poplars

1973

2174

Rembrandt van Rijn Self-portrait with Sword

1991

3103

Renoir Auguste The Lovers

2001

308

Rentz Michael Annunciation of Mary

1979

2536

Repin Ilja Self-portrait with Easel

2013

791

Reynek Bohuslav Still Life with Self-Portrait

1990

3072

Rodin Auguste John the Baptist

1967

1718

Rousseau Henri Self-portrait

1977

2417

Rubens Peter Cleopatra

1989

3026

Schikaneder Jakub Winter Evening in Town

2014

822

Schikaneder Jakub A Street in Winter

2004

417

Schwaiger Hanus The Long, the Wide and the Sharp

1982

2692

Sima Jozef The Spanish Revolution

1987

2934

Simerova-Martincekova Ester Tulips

1997

163

Simon Frantisek The Parisian Bouquinistes

2009

614

Sisley Alfred Lock at Moret

1975

2294

Sklenar Zdenek May

1981

2643

Sklenar Zdenek Embroidery of South Bohemia

1974

2236

Skreta Karel The Bacchanalia

1986

2892

Skreta Karel Portrait of Marie Maximilian von Sternberg

2010

660

Skreta Karel Paris and Helen

1970

1968

Skutecky Dominik The Market of Banska Bystrica

1985

2842

Sladky Martin Lenin at Carol Bridge

2003

383

Slavicek Antonin Autumn in Veltrusy

1992

3133

Sokol Koloman The Old Raftsman

1966

1671

Spala Vaclav A Bouquet of Tulips

1981

2642

Spaniel Oskar The Medal of the Academy of Arts

2010

662

Spillar Karel The Spring

2016

nn Stefan Bendrich Girl with Absynth

1984

2789

Stehlik Karel The Forest of Muhlhausen

2015

nn Strnadel Antonin The Bride

1986

2890

Sturdik Josef Knave with Mandolin

1980

2594

Stursa Jan Four Workers

1999

236

Styrsky Jindrich Red Orchid

1972

2105

Svabinsky Maximilian The Bouquet

2003

382

Svabinsky Maximilian The Poor

2013

792

Svabinsky Maximilian Round Portrait

1970

1966

Svolinsky Karel The Young Bride

T-Z

Year MiNr Artist Title

1967

1748

Tichy Frantisek Magician with Cards

2016

nn Tichy Frantisek Clown with Monkey

1994

57

Toulouse Lautrec Henri Moulin Rouge

1987

2937

Trnka Jiri Self-portrait

1972

2016

Unknown artist Saint Ladislau Fights the Kumans

1973

2177

Unknown Artist Madonna with Child

1980

2592

Unknown artist Bust of Saint of Lucivna

1984

2792

Unknown Artist King Solomon

1994

58

Unknown artist Madonna of the Vitus Cathedral

2011

704

Uprka Joza A Woman in a Cornfield

1991

3106

Utamaro Kitagawa Two Maidens

1996

130

Vachal Josef The Garden of Eden

1993

27

van Gogh Vincent Green Wheat Field with a Cypress

1994

56

van Leyden Lucas The Old Man and the Maiden

2011

703

Vozniak Jaroslav The Lovers

1971

2032

Weiner-Kral Imro The Opening

1982

2695

Zelibsky Jan Oil Workers

1968

1839

Zrzavy Jan Cleopatra

1980

2593

Zrzavy Jan Halden

1990

3069

Zrzavy Jan Krucemburk

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Stamps featured in post: 191; Period: modern and contemporary (1966-2017); Pricing: scarce/moderate; Availability: rather scarce, it is hard to assemble the whole collection.

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