Arthur Szyk (1894-1951)

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Arthur Szyk (1894-1951). Study for Israeli Bond, 1951. Gouache, graphite and color pencil on paper. Sheet measures 16.5 x 23.75 inches. Signed and dated with New Canaan notation, lower right. Sheet has been professionally removed from a backing board where it had been glued down. Sheet has been acid neutralized.

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Birth place: Lodz, Poland

Addresses: New Canaan, CT

Profession: Illustrator

Studied: Acad. FA, Krakow; Académie Julian, Paris, 1909-11

Exhibited: Poland (prize); George Washington Medal for U.S. Award: Officer of Palms, France.

Comments: Szyk (pronounced “schick”) arrived in the U.S. in 1940, producing anti-Nazi cartoons for Esquire and Colliers. However, he is best known as the manuscript illuminator of Song of Songs (1917), Temptation of St. Anthony (1924), George Washington and His Times (1931), Rubaiyat (1939), Hagadah (1941), and New Order (1942). His final works, a series of prints illustrating the history of the United Nations, was produced as color lithographs, but remained incompleted at his death.