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Poster - Olympic Games
  • Olympic Games
    Hjörtzberg, Olle, born 1872 - died 1959
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Olympic Games

  • Object:

    Poster

  • Place of origin:

    Sweden (printed)

  • Date:

    1911 (printed)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Hjörtzberg, Olle, born 1872 - died 1959 (artist)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Colour lithograph

  • Credit Line:

    Given by the Editor of <i>Commercial Art and Industry</i>. Reproduced courtesy of the International Olympic Committee

  • Museum number:

    E.705-1912

  • Gallery location:

    Prints & Drawings Study Room, level C, case Y, shelf 85, box 74

A poster advertising the Olympic Games held in Stockholm from 29 June to 22 July 1912. In this, the first official Olympics poster, Olle Hjörtzberg portrays the male body as a perfect machine, a symbol of supremacy. The original design, featuring nude athletes, was replaced by this version, in which strategically placed streamers have been added. The poster was printed in 16 languages and three formats, though it was not distributed to countries where it was considered the image might be thought too daring.

Physical description

Poster

Place of Origin

Sweden (printed)

Date

1911 (printed)

Artist/maker

Hjörtzberg, Olle, born 1872 - died 1959 (artist)

Materials and Techniques

Colour lithograph

Dimensions

Height: 1048 mm sheet, Width: 747 mm sheet

Descriptive line

Posterby Hjortzberger for 1912 Olympic Games in Stockholm, Sweden

Exhibition History

A Century of Olympic Posters (Liaoning Museum, Shenyang 12 March 2008-27 April 2008)
A Century of Olympic Posters (Capital Museum, Beijing 15 January 2008-28 February 2008)
A Century of Olympic Posters (V&A Museum of Childhood 17/05/2008-07/09/2008)
A Century of Olympic Posters (V&A Museum of Childhood 17/05/08-27/09/08)

Materials

Printing ink

Techniques

Printing

Subjects depicted

Nudes; Stockholm

Categories

Sport; Posters; Olympics

Collection code

PDP

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