- Title Pages
- Preface and Acknowledgements
- Plate Acknowledgements
- The Early Years
- From ‘Byzantine’ Miniatures to the Song of Songs
- From La Tentation de Saint Antoine to the Statute of Kalisz
- From George Washington to the League of Nations
- An Ambassador for Co-operation
- From The Haggadah to The Rubáiyát
- From Miniature to Caricature
- An Artist with a Message
- A Public Service Artist
- The Turn towards Peace
- Drawing Lessons
- Illustrations for a Young Peace
- Fighting for Israel
- In a Changing America
- Creating Arthur Szyk
- The Jewish Artist
- The Political Artist
- Books with Illustrations by Szyk
- Exhibitions and Reviews of Szyk’s Work
- Published Political Cartoons 1939–1950
- War Cartoons: Corporate Use
- (p.1) Introduction
- Arthur Szyk
Joseph P. Ansell
- Liverpool University Press
This introductory chapter briefly describes the life and work of the artist, Arthur Szyk. It discusses his numerous and diverse works and places special emphasis on those works which contain topical commentary on contemporary political and social issues. Though it would seem difficult to reconcile these greatly disparate elements in one artist's work, the chapter argues that the concentrated political activity of the World War II years was not an aberration — however important — in Szyk's career. It was an integral part of an artistic life dedicated to serving humanity through his talents. To understand the interconnection of all aspects of his work, and to understand the man who was equally adept at rendering an entire world within a few square inches of exquisite beauty and savagely attacking a political enemy through caricature, the chapter argues that one must look beneath the decorated surface of the page to the meaning of the individual work and to its historical context.
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