|Date of Issue
||November 2, 1984
|Perforation or Dimension
|Series Time Span
Mint - Never Hinged - Very Fine
Used - Very Fine
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Religious themes have often been the source of artistic inspiration. The Annunciation, or Ave Maria, and the Nativity are perhaps the themes most frequently dealt with in Christian painting, and Canadian painting is no exception to this tradition. Religious painting filled a pressing need for church decoration in the seventeenth century. In the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries, painters moved away from religious themes, and in the twentieth century their works were enlivened by various fashionable styles. But the Christmas theme still returns with freshness and spontaneity, as we can see from these paintings. David Milne was fascinated by the way young children painted religious themes without preconceived ideas. In the same joyful and imaginative way, he produced a series of paintings on biblical themes, including "Snow in Bethlehem." These paintings were created in the early 1940's. The 1984 Christmas stamps were designed by Jean Morin and Tom Yakobina of Montreal. The Bouchard painting is in a private collection. The Dallaire painting is on loan to the Vancouver Art Gallery from a private collector. The Milne painting is in the collection of the Art Gallery of Ontario.
Designed by Jean Morin. Designed by Tom Yakobina.
David Bruce Milne, "Snow in Bethlehem", 1941 Art Gallery of Ontario, Toronto, Ontario
Canada Post Corporation. [Postage Stamp Press Release], 1984.
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