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Olympic Games Munich 1972 (Olympische Spiele München 1972)
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Olympic Games Munich 1972 (Olympische Spiele München 1972)

Jacob Lawrence, American, 1917 - 2000

Printed in Munich, Germany, Europe


Color screenprint (poster)

Image: 34 3/8 x 25 3/16 inches (87.3 x 64 cm) Sheet: 40 x 25 3/16 inches (101.6 x 64 cm)

© The Jacob and Gwendolyn Lawrence Foundation, Seattle / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York

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Prints, Drawings, and Photographs

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Currently not on view

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Credit Line:
Gift of Marla K. Shoemaker, 2002

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Jacob Lawrence was one of a number of artists who were invited to design posters for the 1972 Olympic games in Munich, Germany. He created this image to commemorate the involvement of black athletes in the Olympic games, as track was an area in which these athletes had traditionally excelled. This subject had a particular historical resonance because African American hero Jesse Owens won a record four gold medals in track at the 1936 Olympics held in Berlin, where Hitler had planned to prove the superiority of the German "Aryan" people.