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    ARTHUR SZYK (American 1894 - 1951)
    High Command, original book illustration, 1941
    Ink and watercolor on paper
    8 x 8in.
    Signed lower right
    Original illustration for The New Order by Arthur Szyk, G. P. Putnam's Sons, 1941.

    This is a superb example of Arthur Szyk's anti-fascist caricature art, denouncing the Axis and their collaborators. Szyk's savage portrayals of the likes of Hitler, Mussolini, Goring, Tojo and the rest, were a real source of irritation to the would-be conquerors. As stated in the dust jacket of The New Order, "With Hitler's invasion of Poland (Szyk's homeland) in 1939, Szyk made a compelling choice: he set aside the world of illumination and took up the pen as his sword and the brush as his ally, turning to the fighting world of political caricature. There was a war to fight and Szyk became its soldier in art. In The New Order Mr. Szyk's vitriolic brush depicts with stirring realism the Dictators of Europe and Asia with their hirelings and victims. The brutality and barbarism of the whole New Order become a physical sensation." This startling illustration was printed in black and white in The New Order.

    Also included in this lot are six vintage postcards from Esquire, the Magazine for Men's Szyk Caricatures, Set #6.


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    Aside from some mild paper aging and slight edge wear (outside the image area), this piece is in Excellent condition.

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