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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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(p.233) Valediction
Arthur Szyk

Joseph P. Ansell

Liverpool University Press

This chapter discusses Arthur Szyk's death as well as revivals and retrospectives regarding his work. He died at his home in New Canaan, Connecticut, in 1951. The death certificate listed the cause as acute myocardial failure. True to his lifelong habits, he had worked almost until the end of his life. At the time of his death he was planning new works of specifically Jewish and Israeli, as well as general humanistic, content. The continuing troubled state of the world elicited a constant dedication and service to social and political causes through his art. The chapter discusses the various obituary notices and appreciations, and several memorial exhibitions held in the early years following Szyk's death. In the wider world beyond these the exhibitions and sales, interest in Szyk's work was consigned to the margins for almost forty years after his death. In the early 1990s, however, a resurgence of interest in Szyk's work was fuelled by several exhibitions and by the founding of a group known as the Arthur Szyk Society.

Keywords:   death, Arthur Szyk Society, obituaries, retrospectives, revivals, memorial exhibitions, legacy

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