Gallery Series 1: NGV Flowers

The National Gallery of Victoria (NGV) was founded on 24 May 1861. For 150 years, Australia’s first public art museum has continued to flourish, recognised nationally and internationally for the breadth and significance of its collections.
The gallery’s collections have been created through the support of many benefactors, among whom Alfred Felton (1831–1904) is pre-eminent. The Felton Bequest has enabled the gallery to acquire important works by old and modern masters, and includes paintings, sculpture, prints and drawings, and the decorative arts. Today, philanthropists remain as important as ever in helping acquire new works for the NGV collection.
Flowers have long been a favourite subject of artists, and this stamp issue features a selection of floral still life paintings by Australian artists drawn from the collections of the NGV. These include A bunch of flowers (1930) by Nora Heysen (1911–2003), who was best known for her exquisite still life paintings and portraits. Heysen was born in Hahndorf, South Australia.