Bjørn Wiinblad (1918-2006)

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In July 2006, one of Denmark's most popular contemporary artists through times, the painter and ceramist Bjorn Wiinblad has passed away at the age of 87. His prolific art and very particular style never stopped delighting the public, and since 1956 Wiinblad was chief designer for Rosenthal Porzellan AG, Germany.

He has designed two stamps for Denmark, a large pictorial, and a semi-postal in commemoration of the Danish movie star and singer Poul Reichhardt (1903-1986), in the part of "Papageno" in Mozart's opera "The Magic Flute". 

Mr. Reichhardt's costume was designed by Bjørn Wiinblad.  The stamp was issued 1986 and is a semi-postal for the benefit of "Wheel of Fortune".

  • Denmark 1986. Semi-postal for the benefit of the physically disabled.

  • Denmark 1986. Design by Wiinblad 

Denmark 1986. Semi-postal for the benefit of the Physically Disabled.

Denmark 1986. Design by Bjørn Wiinblad.

Mr. Wiinblad was also active in international stamp design, and has designed an FDC for the United Nations Postal Administration in Geneva, at the occasion of the 20th anniversary of the establishment of this body.

United Nations Geneva 1989. FDC with a cachet designed by Bjørn Wiinblad.

The stamp is cancelled in Geneva on October 24th, 1989. The illustration on the FDC shows one of Mr. Wiinblad's many suggestions for the UN-stamp at this occasion.

The artist lived his last years in Switzerland.

  • United Nations (Geneva) 1989. FDC with a cachet designed by Bjørn Wiinblad. 

Finally, Mr. Wiinblad has designed one of the Danish Christmas Seals, issued in 1968. The sheet shows different pixies.  The sheet is signed by the artist in golden print in the middle of the lower selvedge.

Denmark 1968. Sheet of Danish Christmas Seals designed by Bjørn Wiinblad.

  • Denmark 1968. Sheet of Danish Christmas Seals designed by Bjørn Wiinblad. 

To become a designer was a natural choice for Bjørn Wiinblad who already as a child was renowned for his creative mind. Before Christmas he was always busy drawing, painting, cutting and pasting astonishing gifts for friends and family.

Apparently, his calling is to create designs that makes the world a little bit more beautiful, a little more inspiring, a little more funny and often much more colourful. In doing so, he works in many different areas, for example with ceramics, porcelain, glass, posters, decoration for the theatres as well as textiles. In his own words, working with many different kinds of art is “a permanent search for the uncertain – to be a beginner – so that I must exert myself to meet the requirements of the different tasks”. This shall be seen contrary to the artists seeking perfection in one specific area. Since 1952 Bjørn Wiinblad had his own studio.

Reference: “80 year Bjørn Wiinblad, Sophienholm” (Danish language) and “KID – Weilbach, Danish Dictionary of Artists”. 

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