he star of this set of stamps is Putty Stein, considered by many to be the founder of Luxembourg "Chanson".
Putty Stein is a well-known Luxembourgish author-composer-cabaret artist. He founded the La Mansarde cabaret, together with other artists, in 1915.
He is known as the father of Luxembourg "chanson". His most well-known songs: "De schéine Poli", "Neen, déi Schnëss! ", "D'Quiselchen", and "Dem Wirsch seng Wueden" - cast a critical eye on society.
Putty Stein was born in Colmar-Berg. His started his working life as a forest ranger for ARBED.
Anne Mélan, is a Luxembourgish artist/graphic designer. She was born in Luxembourg in 1984.
Anne Mélan studied Decorative Arts and Fine Arts at the Universities of Toulouse and Strasbourg. She then opened her own graphic design studio, where she works mainly in the field of industrial graphic design.
Anne Mélan also does realistic portraits using various media in addition to her graphic design work.
Was it hard to design two stamps at almost the same time?
The challenge in creating stamps is to do justice to the people involved. First of all, each hand-painted portrait has to resemble the individuals as closely as possible, while giving them a lively appearance.
Secondly, it was important to find an underlying representative unity for both individuals.
Did you encounter any specific difficulties when drawing these historical figures?
The fact that I was dealing with historical figures worked precisely to my advantage. The commonality between these two people came from different areas. The difficulty was in depicting this appropriately. My main concern was to interpret both characters with a retro feel.
Looking back, what have you learned from this work?
I realised how important it is to honour people from our past, so that they and their legacy don't vanish into oblivion.
|Drawings:||Anne Mélan, Luxembourg (L)|
|Printing:||Four-colour high-resolution offset by bpost Stamps Factory, Malines (B)|
|Format:||27.66 x 40.20 mm, 10 stamps per sheet|