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The Three Kings, Bouchard

Title

The Three Kings, Bouchard

Denomination

37¢

Date of Issue

November 2, 1984

Year

Quantity

16,700,000

Postal Administration

Canada

Series

Christmas

Series Time Span

1984

Perforation or Dimension

13.5

Printer

Ashton-Potter Limited.

Creators

Designed by Jean Morin. Designed by Tom Yakobina.

Original Artwork

Simone Mary Bouchard, "The Three Kings", circa 1930 Private Collection

About Stamp

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. In Simone Mary Bouchard's imagination, the three Kings took part in the family celebration of Epiphany in the artist's home. This highly coloured painting in the naive style bears a striking resemblance to early Quebec religious art. 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.

Reference

Canada Post Corporation. [Postage Stamp Press Release], 1984.

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