Poster, Hydrodynamics, L'Atome au Service de la Paix (Atoms for Peace)
This is a Poster. It was designed by Erik Nitsche and printed by Lithos R. Marsens and made for (as the client) General Dynamics Corporation. It is dated 1955 and we acquired it in 2013. Its medium is offset lithograph on paper mounted on canvas. It is a part of the Drawings, Prints, and Graphic Design department.
As a consultant for General Dynamics, a company
that produced cutting-edge and classified
defense technology for the United States, Erik
Nitsche was asked to develop a public-facing
graphic identity for the company that expressed
peace and prosperity. He created 6 designs
representing different fields of the company’s
scientific and technological research. One of
General Dynamics’ most famous projects and the
subject of this poster was the manufacture of
the first atomic submarine, the Nautilus, which
Nitsche captures with a crisp, modernist aesthetic
combined with scientific imagery.
Its dimensions are
126.5 × 89 cm (49 13/16 × 35 1/16 in.) Mount: 133 × 95.2 cm (52 3/8 × 37 1/2 in.)
It is signed
Printed in black ink, lower left: ERIK NITSCHE; lower left corner: LITHOS R. MARSENS, LAUSANNE
It is inscribed
Printed in black ink, lower left corner, vertically: PRINTED IN SWITZERLAND
Cite this object as
Poster, Hydrodynamics, L'Atome au Service de la Paix (Atoms for Peace); Designed by Erik Nitsche (Swiss, 1908–1998); Switzerland; offset lithograph on paper mounted on canvas; 126.5 × 89 cm (49 13/16 × 35 1/16 in.) Mount: 133 × 95.2 cm (52 3/8 × 37 1/2 in.); Gift of Arthur Cohen and Daryl Otte in memory of Bill Moggridge; 2013-42-9
This object was previously on display as a part of the exhibition Collection Selects: Wyss Institute.