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One of Hundertwasser's major issues was preservation of nature for the good of everybody.  This attitude is beautifully reflected on the latest stamp, issued by Austria on 22nd October 2004, where the stamp states that "Die freie Natur is unsere Freiheit" [The Open Nature is our Freedom].  Engraving by Wolfgang Seidel.  The design of the stamp is based on a poster Hundertwasser made in 1994 for The National Park Donau-Auen [Donau Meadows]. A postcard depicting the original art work is available here. More information about Hundertwasser's involvement in the Donau Meadows National Park here. 

At the same time a special postmark was designed and used for the 5th meeting of Hundertwasser-Friends in Donau-Auen in Hainburg outside Vienna.  

Hundertwasser. Austria 2004. Hundertwasser. Austria 2004. First Day Cover commercially used.

Hundertwasser's decorative abstract style followed in the Secessionist (art nouveau) tradition of Gustav Klimt and Egon Schiele. His hypnotic, sometimes whimsical work shows an almost obsessional preoccupation with spiral forms: Buildings, landscapes, and human shapes are all transformed into abstract dynamic spirals. His coloring shows Asian and Persian influence, concentrating on gold and silver and especially on phosphorescent red and green.

Hundertwasser. Austria 1975. "The Spiral Tree".

Hundertwasser. Austria 1975. "The Spiral Tree", first day cover.

The Hundertwasser House, built 1983-1986, is a residential property, a multicolored fairy tale house with columns, domes, tile-mosaics and horizontal colourful areas dividing the storeys, and semi-round or rectangular windows encircled by mosaics. Hundertwasser felt that standard architecture could not be called art, and declared that the design of any building should be influenced by the aesthetics of its tenants.   
 

Hundertwasser. Photograph of the architecture model of the Hundertwasser House in Vienna.

Austria 1987. Hundertwasser. The Hundertwasser House in Vienna.

Hundertwasser passed away 19th February 2000, and on 2nd June that same year Austria issued a memorial sheet based on his work "Blue Blues", created 1994 as oeuvre No. 944.  The stamp below right is an earlier Hundertwasser issue by Austria, a detail of a water colour created 1993 for the Summit of the European Council in Vienna. The art work is oeuvre No. 134A. 

Austria 2000. Hundertwasser in Memoriam Souvenir sheet. Austria 1993. Hundertwasser. Summit of the European Council in Vienna. "36 Heads".
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