1972 Munich - Hans Hartung
First series, issued in 1969-70, unlimited edition
Hans Hartung (1904-1989)
64 x 101cm
The graphic imagery of the 1972 Games is well regarded. Posters were high on the agenda for the Olympic Committee and planning was underway as early as 1967 to produce an art series using the best artists of the day. In 1968 a partnership was formed with the publishing house F. Bruckmann KG, Munich, setting up the company Edition Olympia 1972, GmbH. The project ran to five series, each made up of seven posters. Three grades of poster were produced. The majority of the surviving posters are from the unlimited edition and printed on poster paper.
Hans Hartung was a German-French painter known for his abstract, often monochromatic, paintings featuring long, layered brushstrokes. Born in Leipzig in 1904, he moved to Paris in the late 1920's to study art. He fought in the French Foreign Legion during the war and became a French citizen. His abstract paintings were influential among young American artists of the sixties. He died in Antibes in 1989.