On Hundertwasser's Postage stamps

Andrea C. Fürst

Hundertwasser collected postage stamps as a child, and they were for him a window on to the world and a signpost towards painting.

His enthusiasm for stamps remained with him his whole life long. He put great importance to the fact that when he had to send a letter or a card, he would always use particularly beautiful stamps. For important post he stuck on several stamps so the appearance of the envelope would be particularly colourful and varied. For him stamps were ambassadors of a country and its culture, its landscape and uniqueness.

Hundertwasser was invited to design stamps for Senegal, the United Nations, Liechtenstein, Luxembourg and many other countries.

Hundertwasser’s stamps have for years been desirable and much sought-after objects for collectors.