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Poster, Atoms for Peace, 1955

This is a Poster. It was designed by Erik Nitsche 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. It is a part of the Drawings, Prints, and Graphic Design department.

As a consultant to General Dynamics in the 1950s, Erik Nitsche produced a graphic campaign that represented the company’s commitment to peaceful progress through nuclear energy. Without illustrating any top-secret products or technologies, Nitsche combined inspiration from modernist fine art as well as science to create a series of abstracted modern graphics. In this poster, subtly duller shades on the right suggest a three-dimensional triangular structure.

It is credited Gift of Arthur Cohen and Daryl Otte in memory of Bill Moggridge.

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Its dimensions are

132.5 x 96 cm (52 3/16 x 37 13/16 in.)

It is signed

Printed in blue ink, vertically, lower left: ERIK NITSCHE

It is inscribed

Printed in gray ink, vertically, lower left edge: PRINTED IN SWITZERLAND; lower left: LITHOS R. MARSENS, LAUSANNE; lower right: Geneva, August 8-20

Cite this object as

Poster, Atoms for Peace, 1955; Designed by Erik Nitsche (Swiss, 1908–1998); Switzerland; offset lithograph on paper; 132.5 x 96 cm (52 3/16 x 37 13/16 in.); Gift of Arthur Cohen and Daryl Otte in memory of Bill Moggridge; 2013-42-10

This object was previously on display as a part of the exhibition Saturated: The Allure and Science of Color.

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