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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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Creating Arthur Szyk

Creating Arthur Szyk

(p.243) Creating Arthur Szyk
Arthur Szyk

Joseph P. Ansell

Liverpool University Press

This chapter creates a portrait of Arthur Szyk through his life and works. Significantly, there were a number of instances throughout his career when Szyk acted on his own to enhance his standing — as a Pole, as a Jew, as a Polish Jew, and as an artist. In some cases, it is not clear how carefully and deliberately he was directing the public's perceptions of him. In others, one can see him seizing an opportunity and acting to establish himself in a role he wished to inhabit. The chapter goes on to show how the various personal activities from throughout his life and career show Szyk as an artist with a clear belief in himself as a major participant in the myriad social and political issues of his day. He created himself in the same way that he created a drawing or painting.

Keywords:   Arthur Szyk, artist, legacy, Polish Jew

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