A female medallist at the 1928 Olympic art competitions : the sculptress Renée Sintenis / Natalia Camps Y Wilant

Camps Y Wilant, Natalia

Olympic art competitions were part of the Olympic programme for 36 years in the first half of the twentieth century. According to sport history research, one of the reasons for their suspension was the participation of unknown artists. A careful analysis of the sources used by sport historians reveals that little is known about the artists. Even less is known about female artists in this context. Investigating the example of the German sculptress Renée Sintenis (1888–1965), medalist of the 1928 Olympic art competitions, is an attempt to address this research gap. Furthermore, the paper illustrates the circumstances under which female artists participated in the Olympic art competitions, evidencing that the artistic competitions had not been a topic on the agenda of the International Olympic Committee. Importantly, it also demonstrates that Pierre de Coubertin's artistic family environment influenced his thinking about female artists in the Olympic art competitions.

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