Latvian art stamp honored as best of 2001

A postage stamp that depicts a painting by Vilhelms Purvītis has been named the best foreign entry for 2001 in an Italian philatelic exhibition, according to the Latvian Foreign Ministry in Rīga.

Mārtiņš Perts, the former Latvian ambassador to Italy, presented the Vasto philatelic exhibition’s award Nov. 6 to Aivars Droiskis, director general of the Latvian Post Office.

The festival each honors the best foreign stamp that showcases national art, according to press release from the foreign ministry.

The 40-santīmi stamp depicts Purvītis’ 1900 work, “Kad silava mostas.” Purvītis (1872-1945) was one of Latvia’s best-known landscape painters.

Andris Straumanis is a special correspondent for and a co-founder of Latvians Online. From 2000–2012 he was editor of the website.

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