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1997 Danish Railways 150th Anniversary by Knud Odde No 2 - Original Vintage Poster

1997 Danish Railways 150th Anniversary by Knud Odde No 2 - Original Vintage Poster

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The person on the poster is who I believe to be the Danish king Frederick VII (1808-1863). The person wears a uniform with several badges of honor that fits the time of his rule. Furthermore the spelling of Copenhagen is written on the poster in Danish as "Kjöbenhavn" (today København) is a spelling method that went out of use in the 1920s and completely disappeared from official documents in 1938.

The great poster is a part of a series of six which was made by the Danish artist Knud Odde (1955) to celebrate the 150th anniversary of Danish State Railways (DSB). This poster is number three of six in the collection.

Odde is self-taught artist who used to write music and play the bass guitar in the Danish punk/rock group Sort Sol. He left the band in 2001 to focus on painting and drawing.

His portrait drawings of people and makes the person looks very characteristic and draws attention to the little details that makes the person look unique and thus adding life to the portraits. In fact, many of Odde works have a very naturalistic character, almost cartoon-like expression. In his painting are often portraits of famous people, like Shirley MacLaine, Rainer Maria Rilke, Patti Smith and Miles Davis where the images with stark colors with knots and edges pointing in the direction of suppressed emotions and conflicts. With these images we also detect an inspiration from 1960s pop art of Andy Warhol, among others, however, were much more smoothly in the expression.

Odde's works also includes posters for Tivoli Gardens, Paralympic Games in Athens and Copenhagen Jazz Festival. Some of his works in found in The National Gallery of Denmark.


Artist: Knud Odde

Print: Offset lithography (print by Saloprint a/s)

Dimensions: 24.4 x 39.4 in (62 x 100 cm)

Condition: Excellent condition - very light handing signs - please see pictures

Country: Denmark

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REF: L6307

Materials: Original Vintage Poster

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