In conjunction with the exhibition “In Real Times. Arthur Szyk: Artist and Soldier for Human Rights” presented at the Fairfield University Art Museum in partnership with the Center for Jewish History, is a special exhibit case display featuring the work of Arthur Szyk.
Yeshiva University Museum has a long history with Szyk. Six of his holiday paintings and seven of his political cartoons were among the earliest donations to the Museum, which opened in 1973, and comprised one of the Museum’s earliest exhibitions.
Born in Lodz, Poland, Szyk spent a brief period in Paris after World War I, and by 1940 resided in New Canaan, Connecticut. Among his most famous works are a series of paintings of the Jewish holidays, a Haggadah published in 1940, and illustrations for Anderson’s Fairy Tales (1945).
Be sure to see Szyk’s imaginary portrait of Maimonides (1138–1204) in The Golden Path in the main floor gallery. He also produced political cartoons caricaturing the Axis powers and their leaders, and the United Kingdom’s Mideast policies, and depicting the fight for survival of Israel.
This exhibit closed on
Wednesday, November 15, 2023