Iulian Rukavishnikov (1922-2000) was an outstanding sculptor, a Full Member of the Russian Academy of Arts (1997), a People's Artist of the USSR (1988), and a winner of the State Prize of the Russian Federation (1999).
Iulian Rukavishnikov was born on September 29, 1922, in Moscow into the family of famous Soviet sculptor Mitrofan Rukavishnikov.
He graduated from the Surikov Moscow State Art Institute in 1952. Since 1973, the master turned to non-anthropomorphic and abstract sculpture, and for 30 years, he was engaged in large-scale project Nature (Evolution and Transformations).
In 1978, Iulian Rukavishnikov was appointed a Corresponding Member of the Academy of Arts of the USSR. Since 1997, he was a Full Member of the Russian Academy of Arts.
Art works by Rukavishnikov are available in museums and private collections in Russia and foreign countries. The best known works are monuments to Anton Chekhov in Taganrog (1960) and Igor Kurchatov in Moscow (1971), a memorial at the death site of Cosmonaut Yuri Gagarin and test pilot Vladimir Seregin in the Vladimir Region (1975), sculptures Water Clock (1990), Seagulls (1998), The Bird (1998), and The Rooster (1999).
The characteristic features of his works are realism, large scale and virtuosity of execution, figurative concept, meaningfulness, and sophistication.
The postal block shows sculptor Iulian Rukavishnikov in his studio; the stamp features sculpture Seagulls (1998).
In addition to the issue of the postal block, JSC Marka produced First Day Covers and special cancels for Moscow and St. Petersburg, as well as illustrated envelopes for the postal block with a label and a First Day Cover with a special cancel for Moscow and the second emission type: an imperforated postal block made on canvas-type design paper.
The second emission type is to be on sale as part of an illustrated cover.
Design Artist: O. Savina.
Face value: 120 rubles.
Block size: 114×82 mm, stamp size in the block: 50×37 mm.
Quantity: 23 thousand blocks (first emission type); 5 thousand blocks (second emission type).