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Arthur SzykArtist, Jew, Pole$
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Joseph P. Ansell

Print publication date: 2004

Print ISBN-13: 9781874774945

Published to Liverpool Scholarship Online: February 2021

DOI: 10.3828/liverpool/9781874774945.001.0001

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From ‘Byzantine’ Miniatures to the Song of Songs

From ‘Byzantine’ Miniatures to the Song of Songs

(p.28) From ‘Byzantine’ Miniatures to the Song of Songs
Arthur Szyk

Joseph P. Ansell

Liverpool University Press

This chapter covers the period after Arthur Szyk's departure from Poland. He left the country for multiple reasons, both political and artistic, and came to settle in Paris by 1921. There was a thriving Polish Jewish artistic community in the region, although Szyk soon began to distinguish himself from them. Despite building close relationships with many of his fellow Jewish artists, Szyk differed from them in several significant ways — most visibly in style and subject matter. All of the artists among whom Szyk moved worked in some variation of contemporary artistic trends. Szyk, on the other hand, while maintaining a professional place within this milieu, eschewed the contemporary approaches and experiments of his colleagues and friends, preferring to look to history for his inspiration and seeking to convey a message rather than to produce art for its own sake. He also focused extensively on Jewish subject matter. The chapter explores his growing artistic fame during this period, including the first of his governmental honours conferred upon him during his artistic career.

Keywords:   Polish Jewish art, Paris, France, Jewish art, artistic community, Jewish artists

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