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Health is Wealth

  • Object:

    Poster

  • Place of origin:

    Geneva (printed)

  • Date:

    1953 (dated)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Games, Abram, born 1914 - died 1996 (designer)
    United Nations (publisher)
    Atar - Genève (printers)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Colour lithograph

  • Credit Line:

    Gift of the American Friends of the V&A; Gift to the American Friends by Leslie, Judith and Gabri Schreyer and Alice Schreyer Batko

  • Museum number:

    E.892-2004

  • Gallery location:

    Prints & Drawings Study Room, level C, case 3G, shelf DR27

Physical description

'Health is Wealth', poster for the United Nations World Health Organization. The design features the half-length figure of a man in shadow, with his hands held out before him, shown as larger in proportion showing their close proximity to the viewer. His hands are cupped and holding cereal seeds, such as wheat, which spill and fall. The composition is entirely in blue and olive, with black areas. Above this image is the message, 'Health is Wealth', in red letters, and below the figure, 'United Nations', and in a larger font, 'World Health Organization'.

Place of Origin

Geneva (printed)

Date

1953 (dated)

Artist/maker

Games, Abram, born 1914 - died 1996 (designer)
United Nations (publisher)
Atar - Genève (printers)

Materials and Techniques

Colour lithograph

Marks and inscriptions

'HEALTH IS WEALTH'
Above the image, red letters

'UNITED NATIONS / WORLD HEALTH ORGANIZATION'
Below image, red letters

'A. GAMES.'
Artist's name, green, immediately to the right of the image

'WHO-PI2 - IMPRIMÉ EN SUISSE'
Publishers information, lower left corner, at edge

'ATAR, GENÈVE'
Printer's information, lower right corner, at edge

'DURLETTE AUSGESCHIEDEN / KUNSTGEWERBSMUSEUM DER STADT ZURICH / PLAKATSAMUNG'
Stamped lower left verso side of poster

KUNSTGEWERBEMUSEUM d. STADT ZURICH'
Stamped lower left verso side of poster, circular stamp with shield and crown at centre

Dimensions

Height: 77.3 cm, Width: 58.8 cm

Descriptive line

'Health is Wealth', poster designed by Abram Games, for the United Nations World Health Organization, Switzerland (Geneva), 1953

Production Note

Dated in pencil verso

Materials

Paper; Ink

Techniques

Lithography

Subjects depicted

Seeds; Plenty; Men; Education; Hands; Figures; Health; Shadow; Prosperity; Wheat

Categories

Prints; Propaganda; Health; Posters

Collection

Prints, Drawings & Paintings Collection

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