1972 Olympics Poster - Oskar Kokoschka
This soft pastel portrait for a 1972 Olympics poster is by Oskar Kokoschka. He was an Austrian artist, playwright and poet best known for his expressionist portraits.
'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. Otl Aicher oversaw the design and the project ran to five series, each made up of seven posters. Three grades of poster were produced in a hierarchy of values and the majority of the surviving posters are from the unlimited edition printed on poster paper.'
Margaret Timmers is the author of a highly recommended book - A Century of Olympic Posters.
Munich Olympics Art Series
First series, issued 1969-1970, unlimited edition
Oskar Kokoschka (1886-1980)
64 x 101cm