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Szyk, Arthur
Haggadah.
Jerusalem & Tel Aviv, Massadah & Alumoth, 1962. Elaboerately bound example of Szyk's magnum opus. Quarto, publisher's full velvet cloth with gilt stamping to the spine, front and rear panels, illustrated profusely with full color illumination. With the English translation printed in black and brick red and Hebrew text accompanied by elaborate full color illuminations. Edited by Cecil Roth. In near fine condition. Housed in the original publisher's three quarters morocco plush-lined clamshell box. A beautiful presentation. Polish-Jewish artist and book illustrator Arthur Szyk's work is characterized by its rejection of modernism and embrace of the traditions of medieval and renaissance painting, especially illuminated manuscripts from those periods. In the midst of his rising popularity in the 1920s and 30s, his work became increasingly politically engaged, and more so when Hitler took power in Germany in 1933. Szyk started drawing caricatures of Germany's F"uhrer as early as 1933; probably the first was a pencil drawing of Hitler dressed as an ancient Egyptian pharaoh. These drawings anticipated another great series of Szyk's drawings - the Haggadah, which is considered his magnum opus. Szyk illustrated the Haggadah in 48 miniature paintings in the years 1934-1936. The antisemitic politics in Germany led Szyk introduce some contemporary elements to it. For example, he painted the Jewish parable of the Four Sons, in which the "wicked son" was portrayed as a man wearing German clothes, with a Hitler-like moustache and a green Alpine hat. The political intent of the series was … [Click Below for Full Description]
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