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Modern Art in Austria – Richard Gerstl – Semi-Nude Self-Portrait stamp

Modern Art in Austria – Richard Gerstl – Semi-Nude Self-Portrait stamp
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The new issue by Austria post dedicated to country's modern art commemorates Richard Gerstl.  Richard Gerstl (14 September 1883 – 4 November 1908) was an Austrian painter and draughtsman known for his expressive psychologically insightful portraits, his lack of critical acclaim during his lifetime, and his affair with the wife of Arnold Schoenberg which led to his suicide.

Although Gerstl had never managed to exhibit a show during his lifetime, an exhibition was organized at the Neue Galerie after his death. Shortly afterward, the Nazi presence in Austria hindered the further acclaim of the artist and it was not until after the war that Gerstl was known in the United States. Sixty-six paintings and eight drawings attributed to Gerstl are known.

One of the famous paintings of Richard Gerstl is the Self-portrait featured on the stamp.

It was at age 21, when the artist created it. He painted himself as a shining figure.

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