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Nativite Canada Postage Stamp
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Title

Nativite

Denomination

Date of Issue

November 1, 1974

Quantity

133,490,000

Postal Administration

Canada

Series

Christmas

Series Time Span

1974

Perforation or Dimension

13.5

Printer

Ashton-Potter Limited.

Creators

Based on a painting by Jean Paul Lemieux.

Original Artwork

Jean Paul Lemieux, "Nativité", 1966

Hidden Date

The hidden date for this stamp can be found on the angel dressed in red.

About Stamp

For Christmas 1974, the Canada Post Office will issue four stamps featuring paintings by Canadian artists which evoke the spirit and feeling of the Christmas season in Canada: "Nativité" by Jean Paul Lemieux, "Skaters in Hull" by Henri Masson, "The Ice Cone, Montmorency Falls" by Robert C. Todd and "Village in the Laurentian Mountains" by Clarence A. Gagnon. Jean Paul Lemieux has lived most of his life in Quebec City where he was born in 1904. His interest in art was triggered at the age of ten by meeting the American painter Parnell in Montmorency, where Lemieux spent his childhood summers. Lemieux enrolled in l'Ecole des Beaux Arts de Montreal in 1926, but his studies were interrupted in 1929 when he travelled to Europe. Two years later, he resumed his courses at l'Ecole des Beaux Arts de Montreal and in 1934 he received his diploma and was named assistant professor. In 1937, he became a professor at l'Ecole des Beaux Arts de Quebec where he taught art until 1965. He now lives in Quebec City during the winters only and spends his summers at l'Île-aux-Coudres. The painting "Nativité" is reproduced with the permission of the artist.

Reference

Canada. Post Office Department. [Postage Stamp Press Release], 1974.

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