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Sp.713 Ancient Chinese Painting “Early Spring” from the National Palace Museum Souvenir Sheet

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Stamp SN D713
Stamp Name Sp.713 Ancient Chinese Painting “Early Spring” from the National Palace Museum Souvenir Sheet
Stamp Cat Standard Special Stamps
Stamp Cat Calligraphy & Paintings
Issue date 2021-09-29
Suspersion date
Dimension of stamps(mm.) 30 × 50 (mm)
Size of souvenir Sheet (mm.) 90 × 130 (mm)
Printer Cardon Enterprise Co., Ltd.
Designer Tseng Kai-chih
Creative Director
Sheet composition
Print color Colorful
Process Offset
Paper Phosphorescent stamp paper<br>
Perforation 13½
To exalt the beauty of classical Chinese painting, Chunghwa Post has specially released a souvenir sheet on “Early Spring” by the Song dynasty painter Guo Hsi. It features one NT$35-denominated stamp. The painter and painting are introduced below:
Guo Hsi, a court painter during the rule of the Song emperor Shen-zong in the 11th century, hailed from Henan’s Wen County. The emperor was a great admirer of his paintings, which were often splendid renderings of craggy outcroppings of rock and old pines on misty mountains. In painting rugged mountain slopes, he employed “curled cloud texture strokes,” and he rendered trees with “crab claw” forms. Taking their cues from his abundant use of these methods, a school of landscape painting came to be based around them. Painted in 1072 and bearing calligraphy of its own title, “Early Spring” is the most famous of Guo Hsi’s surviving works. The painting depicts snow melting in spring, as grasses and trees bud and sprout amid the earth’s great awakening. The scene is one of flourishing and renewal, and the rendering of it demonstrates a smooth and light touch. Blending the Chinese landscape painting methods of “high distance,” “deep distance,” and “level distance,” the composition reveals an ideal landscape that is traversable, viewable, livable, and well suited to becoming a tourist attraction.
(1) First Day Cover (220 mm × 160 mm): NT$3 apiece
(2) Folder (with or without mount): NT$8 apiece
(3) Loose-leaf album page: NT$16 apiece
(4) Maximum card: NT$10 apiece
(5) Pre-cancelled FDC affixed with one souvenir sheet: NT$38 apiece
(6) Pre-cancelled maximum card: NT$45 apiece

To purchase the relative philatelic products, please go directly to the post office branches, Postal Museum or order on line at https://stamp.post.gov.tw.