Europe 2004 – Holidays

The topic specified by PostEurope for the 2004 Europa stamps "Holidays". The Austrian contribution, "Field of flowers" was created by the artist Eva Fuchs.

In the modern age with its stress and hectic, holidays have become more important than ever. However, even this period of relaxation is becoming a stress factor: more and more people are unwilling to abandon the bustle to which they have grown accustomed, and even on holiday search for more sport, action and adventure; with more entertainment being offered, the better the holiday. Holiday regions and hotels rely on round-the-clock service for their guests if they are to remain attractive. Simply letting go, allowing your mind to drift has almost become an art that has to be re-learnt. The new slogan "wellness" is starting to indicate a return to the needs of one's own body and mind. In terms of entertainment, Austria admittedly offers its guests everything the heart could desire, but its varied landscape beauties, it areas of unspoiled nature and its contemplative quiet is an invitation to the visitor to take time for himself on holiday again.

Lying on a warm summer's day in a fragrant field of wild flowers, eyes closed and simply listening to the singing of the birds and the buzzing of the insects, free from all hectic - that, too, is holidays. The artist Eva Fuchs, granddaughter of the landscape painter Angelie Postl, lives and works in Vienna, the city of her birth. She met Ernst Fuchs in 1958 and became both his pupil and his wife. She is a very versatile artist - her work ranging from nature and nude drawings, water painting and oil painting to jewellery design. In addition she is the author of a prize-winning children's book.

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