May 19, 2022 - Sale 2605

Sale 2605 - Lot 187

Price Realized: $ 3,750
?Final Price Realized includes Buyer’s Premium added to Hammer Price
Estimate: $ 4,000 - $ 6,000

ERIK NITSCHE (1908-1998)


49 1/2x34 3/4 inches, 125 3/4x88 1/4 cm. R. Marsens, Lausanne.
Condition B+: repaired tears, creases and restoration at edges. Framed.

Perhaps the most famous image in Nitsche's General Dynamics series, this depicts the USS Nautilus, one of the country's first nuclear powered submarines. "It was an indelible logo in its day. Set against a graduated gray background, the shell was a virtual cornucopia of progress. The submarine was not seen as a killing machine, but rather the offspring of progress poised to help the world" ( It should be noted that the ongoing project to construct the Nautilus was so top secret that Nitsche was only provided a basic idea of what the submarine would ultimately look like. This is the English version from the initial Atoms for Peace series. Dynamic America p. 349, Encyclopedie de l'Affiche p. 104, Modern American 83, Margadant 228, MoMA 221.1956 (var).