Nik Welter (Mersch 1871 - Luxembourg 1951) was one of the first Luxembourg authors to achieve fame outside the borders of the Grand Duchy. A writer, poet, and playwright in the German language, he also forged a reputation as a connoisseur of French and Provincial literature.
His varied work is distinguished by a marked interest in Luxembourg history, mythology, language, and literature, on one hand, and by a profound sensitivity to human misery and oppression, on the other.
In lyric poetry, he made his name by highlighting in his verse the absurdity of war and by extolling the mining and metallurgical industry then booming in the south of the country. His autobiographical works of prose include, among other things, remembrances of childhood and of travel. His work "Griselinde" (1901) inspired the opera of the same name by Alfred Kowalsky and several of his poems were put to music.
A secondary education teacher, Director of Public Instruction, and Inspector-General of Primary Education, his contributions to the Luxembourg public school system were important at several levels. As a member of the Government during the crisis of 1918-21, he played a key diplomatic role in safeguarding the independence of the Grand Duchy.
Design and engraving by Pierre Schopfer, La Chaux (Switzerland) after a photograph taken in 1921 by the doctor and photographer Dr. Nicolas-Auguste Praum (1870-1928).
|Price of the series:||72 LUF|
|Design and Engraving:||Pierre Schopfer, La Caux (Switzerland)|
|Printing:||Engraved and offset combined by l'Imprimerie de la Poste Suisse, Bern (Switzerland)|
|Dimensions:||33 x 28 mm, 20 stamps per sheet|