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16 November 2009
15/2009
Commemorative Issue

Norwegian art III

Norway
Enzo Finger are responsible for designing four new stamps in our Norwegian Art series, which go on sale on 16 November. The works shown on the stamps are by sculptors Gustav Vigeland, Nils Aas, Arnold Haukeland and Kristian Blystad.

Woman on a man  

Woman on a man's lap

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Gustav Vigeland (1869-1943) became truly well-known in 1905 with the creation of his Abel monument, unveiled beside the Royal Palace in 1908. The same year saw the unveiling of his Wergeland monument in Kristiansand and in 1911 his statue of Camilla Collett was erected in the Palace grounds. During this period, Vigeland started work on the large bronze fountain that was later placed in the Vigeland Park. He also started negotiations with the City of Oslo for a new atelier. In 1921 the City undertook to build an atelier and in return Vigeland promised to give everything he had created and planned to create to the City, thereby laying the foundation for the Vigeland Park and the Vigeland Museum. The ground works commenced in 1931, and the Vigeland Park was mainly completed in the 1950s.

Crow  

Crow

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Nils Aas (1933-2004) had a major breakthrough in 1967 when he won the City of Oslo's competition for a monument to King Haakon VII. This was unveiled in 1972. Over the years, Nils Aas created statues of many well-known persons, including prominent athletes such as Grete Waitz and Hjalmar Andersen. Nils Aas was the obvious choice to design the statuette awarded annually to the Football Player of the Year. Nils Aas' last work was a sculpture of "The Man with the Cat" as seen in Christian Skredsvig's painting, "Idyll". It was unveiled in Sigdal in spring 2004, a few months after his death.

Birds in flight  

Birds in flight

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Arnold Haukeland (1920-83) had his first big success in 1947 with his design for a war memorial to stand outside the B?rum Municipal Hall. In the following years, he made a number of portrait busts. His work on the "Ball Games Group" (1957) outside the Sarpsborg Stadium had great significance for his further development. After a visit to the 1960 Venice Biennale, he finally chose abstract expressionism as his style. No Norwegian sculptor has made a greater name for himself in the non-figurative idiom than Arnold Haukeland.

Granite head on its side  

Granite head on its side

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Kristian Blystad (b. 1946) made his debut as a graphic artist at the West Coast Exhibition in 1968, but exhibited a metal sculpture at the Bergen Art Society only two years later. As a sculptor, Blystad has worked with combinations such as soapstone, plastic and cement. He has carried out embellishment works for the Government Buildings, the Storting, the Naval College and the Opera House in Oslo. Blystad's memorial to Norwegian poet Olav H. Hauge can be seen in Ulvik in Hardanger.

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Numbers: NK 1735
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