1967 Arthur Szyk Passover Haggadah Haggada, Jewish Judaica Book,hebrew & English For Sale
The Arthur Szyk Haggadah, 1967 Edition, Printed in Israel, Hard Metal CoverAS NEW - Never UsedVintage/Rare Haggadah Book for Passover/ Pesach, Hebrew and English, with lots of beautiful paintings
This Haggadah was printed in Israel in 1967 and is in mint condition, unused and in the original carton packagingBased on the famous Haggadah published at London in 1940, printed in Hebrew with English translation and including explanations below text. Highly detailed colorful paintings and decorations by the famous artist Arthur Szyk * (1894-1951) Special edition bounded in a hard Metallic silver tone cover, embedded with turquoise color beads, brass-cast plaques of the Torah crown and the Ten Commandments (decalogue, tables of the covenant).As new, unused
The texts are written in clear fonts in Hebrew with page to page English translation, total 47 pages high quality paper and printing
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* Arthur Szyk (June 16, 1894 – September 13, 1951) was a graphic artist, book illustrator, stage designer and caricaturist. Arthur Szyk was born into a Jewish family in Łódź,
in the part of Poland which was under Russian rule in the 19th century.
He always regarded himself both as a Pole and a Jew. From 1921, he
lived and created his works mainly in France and Poland, and in 1937 he moved to the United Kingdom. In 1940 he settled permanently in the United States, where he was granted American citizenship in 1948.
Arthur Szyk became a renowned graphic artist and book illustrator as
early as the interwar period – his works were exhibited and published
not only in Poland, but also in France, the United Kingdom, Israel, and the United States. However, he gained real popularity through his war caricatures, in which, after the outbreak of World War II, he depicted the leaders of the Axis powers – mainly Adolf Hitler, Benito Mussolini and Emperor Hirohito. After the war, he also devoted himself to political issues, this time supporting the creation of Israel.
Szyk's work is characterized in its material content by social and
political commitment, and in its formal aspect by its rejection of modernism and drawing on the traditions of medieval and renaissance painting, especially illuminated manuscripts
from those periods. Unlike most caricaturists, Szyk always showed great
attention to the colouristic effects and details in his works.
Today, Szyk is a well-known and often exhibited artist only in his
last home country – the United States. In Europe, since the late 1990s
exhibitions of his art has been mounted in the Polish cities of Kraków, Warsaw, and Łódź as well as in Berlin,
Germany. The recent publication of a Polish-language edition Szyk's
biography and public broadcasts of the documentary film "Arthur Szyk -
Illuminator" (Marta Tv & Film, Telewizja Polska (Łódź), 2005) also have improved Szyk's stature in his mother country, Poland.
The Haggadah. Moving to London. New York 1939 World's Fair
Page of the Haggadah. Manuscript from the 14th century
Szyk's drawings and paintings became even more politically engaged
when Hitler took power in Germany in 1933. Szyk started drawing Führer's
caricatures as early as 1933; probably, the first work of the artist
directed against the leader→ of the Third Reich was a drawing of Hitler,
made in pencil, in which he was shown as a new pharaoh. These drawings anticipated another great series of Szyk's drawings – Haggadah, which is considered to be his magnum opus.
The Haggadah is a very important and popular story in Jewish culture and religion about the departure of the Israelites from ancient Egypt, which is read every year during the Passover Seder.
Szyk illustrated it in 48 drawings in the years 1932-1938, and the
development of the political situation in Germany at that time made him
introduce some contemporary elements to it. These referred to, in
particular, the parable
of the four sons, in which the "wicked son" was portrayed as a man
wearing German clothes, with a Hitler-like moustache. The expression of
the series was even stronger in its original version: the drawings
showed snakes with swastikas, there were also heads of Hermann Göring and Joseph Goebbels.
In 1937, Arthur Szyk went to London to supervise the publication of Haggadah.
However, the artist had to agree to many compromises during that work
which lasted three years, including painting over of all swastikas. It
is not clear whether he did it as a result of the pressure by his
publisher or the British politicians who pursued the policy of appeasement in relation to Germany. Finally, Haggadah was published in London in 1940; the artist dedicated it to King George VI. The work was widely acclaimed by critics; according to The Times, it was "worthy to be placed among the most beautiful of books that the hand of man has ever produced".
The last big presentation of Szyk's works before the outbreak of the war was the presentation of his paintings at the 1939 New York World's Fair,
which was opened in April 1939. Szyk's twenty paintings, which were
exhibited in the Polish Pavilion, depicted the contribution of the Poles
to the history of the United States, and different connections between
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