Preview of State Signs of Postal Payment to Be Issued in January

January 13, a postage stamp of a Joint Issue of the RCC Member-Countries Communication Administrations. National Cuisine

World-famous Russian cuisine boasts diversity and abundance. Throughout its centuries-old history, cookery in Russia was enriched by a lot of recipes of delicious dishes.

Russian cuisine is distinguished by various sour, salted and retted vegetables, fruits and mushrooms, as well as a multitude of delicacies: sturgeon, salmon, salmon roe and caviar, cold boiled pork, etc. Profusion of soups is also a tradition, the best-known are okroshka, shchi, borsch, rassolnik, solyanka, kalya, ukha, botvinia.

The postage stamps depict a still life of the traditional Russian cuisine.

An illustrated cover with a postage stamp and a FDC with cancellation (Moscow) will be prepared for the release by FSUE "Marka" Publishing and Trading Centre in addition to the issue.

Design: V. Beltyukov
Face value: 21 RUB
Size of a stamp: 37 × 50 mm; size of a souvenir sheet: 168 × 170 mm
Circulation: 480 thousand copies (40 thousand sheets).

January 26, a postal card with original stamp "The 150th Birth Annivesary of Lev S. Bakst (1866-1924), Artist" will be released into circulation

Lev Samoilovich Bakst (1866-1924) was the Russian painter, graphic and theater artist.

In 1883 he joined the Academy of Fine Arts as a volunteer, where he was studied until 1887. In 1890 he continued his studies with the teacher Alexander N. Benoit. He became one of the founders of the "World of Art" (1898).

His exquisitely graphical style was formed at the turn of the centuries in the design of the magazines "World of Art", "Yearbook of the Imperial Theaters", "Art Treasures of Russia", "Libra" and others. Working in a variety of techniques, Bakst proved himself as a highly gifted painter as well as the master of high-expressive portrait ("Portrait of VV Rozanov," in 1901, "Portrait of Sergei Diaghilev with the nurse," in 1906, and etc).

Traveling with Valentin Serov to Greece in 1907, Lev Bakst created a series of the Mediterranean landscapes, as well as the panel "Ancient terror" (Terror Antiquus)(1908).

The talent of Lev Bakst manifested in scenography most organically. Since 1902 the artist worked for the Hermitage and Alexandrinsky theaters. Being the closest companion of Diaghilev, he was the artistic director of his "Russian Seasons" in 1911. He participated in the performances of I. Rubinshtein and A. Pavlova in 1911-1913. In the 1910-1920-ies he worked in the theaters of Paris, London, New York, Brussels and Rome.

The postal card with original stamp depicts a portrait of Lev S. Bakst and "Ancient Terror" ("Terror Antiques") (1908) painting from the collection of the State Russian Museum.

In addition to the release of a postal card a special cancellation postmark (St. Petersburg) will be prepared for the release by FSUE "Marka" Publishing and Trading Centre.

Design: I. Ulyanovskiy
Circulation: 12 000 copies.

January 27, a souvenir sheet "175 Birth Anniversary of Arkhip I. Kuindzhi (1841-1910), Artist" will be released into circulation

Arkhip Ivanovich Kuindzhi (1841-1910) was a Russian painter, landscape artist.

In 1870, Kuindzhi got the title of unclassed artist and became a volunteer at the Imperial Academy of Arts with the third attempt. At this time he became acquainted with the Peredvizhniki, a group of Russian realist artists who in protest to academic restrictions formed an artists' cooperative which evolved into the Society for Traveling Art Exhibitions. His friends from this society were Ivan Kramskoy and Iliya Repin. This acquaintance had a great influence on Kuindzhi's works, ushering in a realistic perception of reality.

In the early period Kuindzhi was influenced by Ivan Aivazovsky, in the mid 1870s. under the influence of art of the Society for Traveling Art Exhibitions he saturated the landscape motifs with social associations ("Chiumatskiy Tract" 1875). In the works of his mature period, aiming to show the most expressive illumination conditions of nature, Kuindzhi resorted to composite receptions as a high horizon, etc., using light effects and intense, shown to several main tones, colors ("Ukrainian Night", 1876, "Birch Grove", 1879 - both presented in the Tretyakov Gallery, "Night on the Dnieper River", 1880). In his later works Kuindzhi grow decorative features and external effects of color building.

The most famous works of the artist are "Autumn Slush" (1872); "Birch Grove" (1879); "Night on the Dnieper River" (1882).

The stamp depicts the "Night on the Dnieper River" (1882) picture, the margins depict the "Portrait of the artist AntropovArkhip Kuindzhi" (1872) made by Ivan Kramskoy.

An illustrated cover with a souvenir sheet and a FDC with cancellation (Moscow) will be prepared for the release by FSUE "Marka" Publishing and Trading Centre in addition to the issue.

Design: M. Zhuravleva
Face value: 50 RUB
Size of a stamp: 50 × 42 mm; size of a souvenir sheet: 120 × 94 mm
Circulation: 70 thousand copies.

January 28, two postage stamps in the series "Outstanding Historians of Russia" dedicated to the 175th birth anniversary of Vasiliy O. Klyuchevskiy (1841-1911), historian, and to the 250th birth anniversary of Nikolai M. Karamzin (1766-1826), writer, historian, will be released into circulation

Vasiliy Osipovich Klyuchevskiy (1841-1911) was born in the family of a village priest. In 1865 he graduated from the historical-philological faculty of Moscow University. Since 1867 he began teaching practice. In 1872 he presented the "Old Russian Lives of the Saints as a Historical Source" master's thesis, in 1882 was presented "Boyar Duma of Ancient Rus'" doctoral thesis.

Since 1882, Vasiliy Klyuchevskiy was the professor of Russian history at Moscow University, from 1889 he was a corresponding member of the St. Petersburg Academy of Sciences, in 1900 he became the Academician of History and Antiquities of Russian, since 1908 - Honorary Academician of belles-lettres. With the 1880s he was a member of the Moscow Archaeological Society, the Society of Russian literature, Moscow Society of Russian History and Antiquities (chairman in 1893-1905).

The most famous scientific work of Vasiliy Klyuchevskiy, what received worldwide recognition is The course of Russian history in 5 parts.

The stamp depicts a portrait of Vasiliy Klyuchevskiy with one of his publications on the background.

Nikolai Mikhailovich Karamzin (1766-1826) was the son of a landowner of Simbirsk province. Educated at home, then in Moscow - in a private school (until 1783); also attended lectures at Moscow University.

The literary activity of Nikolai Karamzin, the recognized head of the Russian sentimentalism, played a major role in improving the image of person's inner world, in the development of Russian literary language. He was publishing "Moscow Journal" magazine (1791-1792), where he have published his own works. Early prose of Nikolai Karamzin was influenced by works of Zhukovsky, Batiushkov and young Pushkin.

Since the mid-1790s he identified his interest to the problems of history. He leaves the fiction and works mainly on the "History of the Russian State" (Vol. 1-12, 1816-1829), one of the most significant works in Russian historiography. The historical concept of Karamzin became the official concept, supported by a public authority.

The stamp depicts a portrait of Nikolai Karamzin with one of his publications on the background.

An FDC and a special cancellation postmark (Moscow, Penza) will be manufactured in addition to the release of postage stamps by FSUE "Marka" Publishing and Trading Centre.

Design: I. Ulyanovskiy
Face value: 25 RUB
Size of stamp: 50 × 37 mm, size of sheet: 180 × 188 mm
Form of issue: sheet with decorated fields (3 × 4) of 8 stamps and 4 coupons (4 horizontal coupling).
Circulation: 200 thousand se-tenants (50 thousand sheets).

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