By virtue of having his work on the covers of magazines during the second world war, Jewish artist and activist for Jewish causes, was able to make an indelible impression on the minds of Americans during the war.
Excerpt from The Jewish Tabletmag:
For the past several weeks, a second floor gallery at the New-York Historical Society has become what the French would call a boîte à bijoux, a jewel box overflowing with concentrated gem-like images of Jewish heroes and Nazi monsters created by the Polish-Jewish illustrator Arthur Szyk (pronounced Shik).
Most of Szyk’s images were made for reproduction in books, magazines, and newspapers. To see the originals, many of which are surprisingly small opaque watercolors (or gouaches) is to be dazzled by the painter’s technique and the fact that he evidently worked without a magnifying glass.
Szyk (1894-1951) is a singular figure in 20th-century art—at once a remarkable craftsman, a political activist, a successful commercial artist, a ferocious cartoonist, and the inventor of a style closer to medieval illuminated manuscripts than any sort of contemporary expression. He was also an unabashed propagandist with a taste for patriotic pomp and sturdy muskeljuden. All dimensions can be found in Arthur Szyk: Soldier in Art at the Historical Society through Jan. 21, 2018.
The article goes on to analyze Szyk and his work in a way that only Jews can do. Read it if you like, but I’ll complete this post with a few more samples of Szyk’s art.
Oy vey! Looks like America had a Jewish Norman Rockwell working on their minds during the war.