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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 Jewish Artist

The Jewish Artist

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(p.249) The Jewish Artist
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Arthur Szyk
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Joseph P. Ansell

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Liverpool University Press
DOI:10.3828/liverpool/9781874774945.003.0018

This chapter considers who or what makes a Jewish artist. The issue is one that art historians and artists alike have debated for many years. Defining what is and is not Jewish art has continued to be a troubling issue — more so for how it relates to Arthur Szyk's work in particular. Though Szyk considered himself a Jewish artist and Jewish art and subject-matter extensively permeated his life and work, he is curiously absent from most discussions of twentieth-century Jewish artists. His work focused on Jewish subjects far more than most of the artists who have been included in that discourse. The chapter thus makes the case for Szyk's inclusion in the realm of Jewish art discourse.

Keywords:   Jewish art, Jewish artists, Arthur Szyk, art history, twentieth-century Jewish artists, Jewish subjects

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