Henry Van de Velde was born in April 3, 1863. To celebrate the 150th anniversary of his birth bpost issued a beautiful sheet with two stamps, partly printed in silver. Van de Velde was - and for some rest - the great Belgian master of applied art.
He is known for the ghent "Boekentoren" and four residences in Uccle and Weimar, real architectural gems, as well as for his objects and interiors in the style of Art nouveau.
His major work is not always known to the general public. To get rid of this ignorance, you are welcome to visit the major retrospective "Passion - Function - Beauty" in the Art and History Museums of Brussels.
Curator and decorative arts expert Werner Adriaenssens exclaims: "This is the first exhibition in Belgium of this magnitude devoted to Van de Velde. It was made possible thanks to the collaboration of the "Klassik Stiftung de la ville de Weimar" in Germany.
Unesco has inscribed Weimar to the list of the World Heritage Sites in 1998 and it was elected Cultural Capital of Europe. This is how Van de Velde earned his reputation. This is also where you can always find the greatest experts of the work of Van de Velde".
bpost had already issued several stamps on Henry Van de Velde (1963 and 2003), each time putting forward his architecture. This time, bpost focused on his design objects: the famous silver chandelier and a chair from his residence "Blumenwerf." The background of the sheet is decorated with detail of wallcovering made by master's hand.