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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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The Turn towards Peace

The Turn towards Peace

(p.164) The Turn towards Peace
Arthur Szyk

Joseph P. Ansell

Liverpool University Press

This chapter further explores Arthur Szyk's work during wartime. During the war his fame as a politically engaged artist and illustrator reached its peak. His popularity was overwhelming. While he had been known before, and would be known later, for his politically and socially didactic art, at no other time during his career did he enjoy so pervasive and international a reputation. Nor were there other periods during which he produced such politically direct and clearly effective works. Throughout the almost six-year duration of the Second World War, his anti-Axis and pro-Allied illustrations were omnipresent. They were seen by many millions of people, military and civilian, in numerous exhibitions and publications; literally dozens of magazines and newspapers in the United States and in other countries printed his drawings and satires; they were used in films, in advertising, on posters, and in a variety of other formats.

Keywords:   World War II, political illustrations, political art, anti-Axis illustrations, pro-Allied illustrations, wartime illustrations

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