Arthur Szyk: Soldier in Art, tells a New York immigrant story, a World War II story, and a Jewish-American story. This indispensable publication positions Szyk as one of the most extraordinary artists of his time. As an artist to be remembered, Szyk’s art speaks to contemporary concerns and history’s eddies and cycles.
Arthur Szyk (1894-1951) worked in Poland, England, France Canada and the United States, and was renowned during the first half of the twentieth century for his prolific illustrations in books, newspapers and magazines. His work provides a visual and often acerbic comment on then-contemporary issues, including World War II, the Holocaust, and the creation of the state of Israel.With a forward by Louise Mirrer, and original essays by Michael Berenbaum, Tom L. Freudenheim, James Kettlewell, and Irvin Ungar, this publication celebrates the diverse aspects of Szyk’s career and examines and decodes his highly detailed artwork. The volume includes over 200 full-color plates of key works arranged by theme, an extensive list of major exhibitions, a complete bibliography of illustrated books, and photographs of the artist