Sunday, September 6, 2015

Yannis Kefallinos

[Greece] (b 1894/d 1957)

Yannis Kefallinos received his primary education in Alexandria, and was sent by his family in 1912 to study engineering at Ghent in Belgium. Despite his abilities in mathematics, he decided to leave his studies in Ghent and went to Paris to study Art history and Painting in the School of Fine Arts . After WWI he returned to Paris to continue his Engraving studies and became known in France as Jean Kefalinos, after some well succeeded Book 1930 Konstantinos Dimitriadis invited him to head the department of engraving at the Athens' School. (..) The art of engraving and its teaching, as well as the Art of illustrating  books at the time were almost unknown in the country. (..) Yannis Kefallinos was a staunch pacifist , but after the beginning of the Greek-Italian war in 1940, he mobilized his "workshop" for the release of the students patriotic posters and propaganda content. These posters have received nation-wide fame, and contributed to the Greek victory, which was the first victory of the anti-fascist coalition . (..) In the postwar years Yannis Kefallinos openly in support of Cyprus for its independence from the British.  In the period 1950 - 1954 he engaged in the project of stamps commissioned by the Hellenic Post.


Greece 1950 "75th Anniversary of UPU" (1) [Recess] Sc(524)

Greece 1951 "19 Centenary of St. Paul's Travels in Greece" (4,4,4) [Recess] Sc(535,...,538)

Greece 1951 "Marshall Plan" (6,6,6) [Recess] Sc(539,...,544) [ images credit of StampWorld ]

Greece 1953 "National Products" (7,7,6) [Recess] Sc(549,...,555) [ images credit of StampWorld ]

Greece 1954 "Ancient Art (1st Series)" (12,12,12) [Litho] Sc(556,...,567) [ some of these designs were used again in other future series]   [ images credit of StampWorld ]

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