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Olympic Games Art Competitions

Art competitions were held as part of the modern Olympic Games between 1912 and 1948. All of the entered works had to be inspired by sport, and had to be original and not previously published. Medals were awarded in five categories: architecture, literature, music, painting, and sculpture. Since 1956, there has been held an Olympic cultural program to replace the art competitions.

The Skaters) by Johan van Hell (the Netherlands) the painting Schaatsenrijders (The Skaters) by Johan van Hell (the Netherlands) was awarded bronze in the painting competition in 1924. [ image from: The Official Report of the Olympic Games of Paris 1924]


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