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PROPERTY OF AN INSTITUTE

Arthur Szyk
A YOUNG SCHOLAR
Estimate
8,00012,000
LOT SOLD. 10,000 USD
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PROPERTY OF AN INSTITUTE

Arthur Szyk
A YOUNG SCHOLAR
Estimate
8,00012,000
LOT SOLD. 10,000 USD
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Arthur Szyk
1894 - 1951
A YOUNG SCHOLAR
signed Arthur Szyk and dated London 1940 (lower right)
gouache, pen and ink, pencil and gum arabic on heavy paper
13 5/8 by 7 3/4 in.
34.6 by 19.7 cm
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Catalogue Note

Arthur Szyk, Artist and Activist

Arthur Szyk was one of the most unique figures in the art of the 20th Century. Espousing a style of painting that is reminiscent of medieval manuscript illumination and Persian miniatures, he is said to have worked without a magnifying glass and sometimes with the single hair of a brush. His current show Soldier in Art, at the New York Historical Society through January 29, 2018, has been called a “jewel box” (J. Hoberman in Tablet Magazine).

Having left his native Poland in 1909 to study in Paris, Szyk continued to feel a powerful connection to Poland’s deep Jewish culture and to the plight of its people, as evidenced in his painting of a young Yeshiva student, possibly a war refugee, painted in London in 1940 (lot 4). Szyk’s genius found full expression in his illustrations for bible stories and other tales ( lot 5),  his illuminated Haggadah, (lot 155), and his seminal political satires, which took on the Nazi menace and the Axis allies (lot 6).

Important Judaica

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New York