Brazil Post honored Oscar Niemeyer with a commemorative stamp issue

December 7th, 2014 hurries to inform that Brazil Post issued a special commemorative stamp honoring Oscar Niemeyer. The philatelic release consists of two items that were put into circulation on the 2d of December. One stamp depicts the famous architect himself, and the second one – a famous palace projected by Oscar Niemeyer.

Oscar Ribeiro de Almeida Niemeyer Soares Filho, known as Oscar Niemeye, was a Brazilian architect who is considered to be one of the key figures in the development of modern architecture. Niemeyer was best known for his design of civic buildings for Brasília, a planned city that became Brazil's capital in 1960, as well as his collaboration with other architects on the United Nations Headquarters in New York City. His exploration of the aesthetic possibilities of reinforced concrete was highly influential in the late 20th and early 21st centuries.

Both lauded and criticized for being a "sculptor of monuments", Niemeyer was hailed as a great artist and one of the greatest architects of his generation by his supporters. He said his architecture was strongly influenced by Le Corbusier, but in an interview, assured that this "didn't prevent [his] architecture from going in a different direction". Niemeyer was most famous for his use of abstract forms and curves and wrote in his memoirs.

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