An indispensable and timely publication on the life and work of the great Polish-Jewish-American artist-activist Arthur Szyk.
Arthur Szyk (1894–1951) worked in Poland, France, England, Canada, and the United States, and was renowned during the first half of the 20th-century for his prolific illustrations in books, newspapers, and magazines. His work provides a visual and often acerbic comment on contemporary issues, including World War II, the Holocaust, and the creation of the State of Israel. Szyk’s canon includes his famous illuminated Passover Haggadah, which has been widely distributed in both the U.S. and Israel.
This publication, with its original essays by Michael Berenbaum, Tom L. Freudenheim, James Kettlewell, and Irvin Ungar, celebrates the diverse aspects of Szyk’s career and examines and decodes his highly detailed artwork. We see Szyk emerge as a great artist, with great messages, acting as the great man. The volume includes over 200 full-colour plates of key works by Szyk arranged by theme, a timeline of Szyk’s life, an extensive list of major exhibitions at museums and galleries, a complete bibliography of his illustrated books, and photographs of the artist.
Arthur Szyk: Soldier in Art tells a New York immigrant story, a World War II story, and a Jewish and American story. This indispensable publication positions Szyk as one of the most extraordinary artists of his time, as an artist to be remembered and celebrated for generations to come..