The Annunciation, Dallaire
Date of Issue
November 2, 1984
Series Time Span
Perforation or Dimension
Designed by Tom Yakobina. Designed by Jean Morin. Based on a painting by Jean Dallaire.
Jean Dallaire, "L'Annonciation", 1954 Private Collection
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. Jean Dallaire produced his first painting of the Annunciation in 1936 and returned to this theme throughout his career. This painting, produced in 1954, is remarkable for its freshness and technique. 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.
Canada Post Corporation. [Postage Stamp Press Release], 1984.
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