Artur Szyk (1894 – 1951)


Dwie prace Artura Szyka,arysty  związanego z polska i żydowską kulturą. Dwie aukcje, dwie różne prace.  Autor o niezwykle drobiazgowym i wrażliwym rysunku .


Lot 70. Arthur Szyk (American/Polish 1894-1951), watercolor and gouache illustration of the death of Lieutenant Michael Grabowski, signed lower left, dated 1938, 7 7/8″ x 6 1/4″. Estimated: $3000 – $5000. Pook and Pook. 1/17/15.



Lot 266. ARTHUR SZYK (1894-1951). They Lifted Bad-Al-Din Hasan on Their Wings. Watercolor on paper. Illustration from the 4-volume edition of Arabian Nights Entertainments, Limited Editions Club, New York, 1954. 146×108 mm; 5 3/4×4 1/4 inches. Inscribed (not by Szyk) lower center (illegible): “op: 241-296 / –Nights 20-24 / ‘They Lifted Bad-Al-Din Hasan on Their Wings . . . The Tale of Nur-Al -Din / and His Son. / XXX.” Tipped to matte, archivally matted and framed.

Notes: Born in Lodz, Poland, the great Jewish artist, illustrator and caricaturist Arthur Szyk fled Nazi oppression and eventually settled in the United States in 1940. The precision of his line, the jewel-like colors and meticulous, compact compositions drew greatly on his deep admiration for medieval illuminated manuscripts and Persian miniatures. Like Arthur Rackham’s edition of The Wind in the Willows (1940) and Edmund Dulac’s The Masque of Comus (1954), Szyk’s massive four-volumed The Arabian Nights (1954) was issued posthumously without the limitation leaf signed by the artist. Estimated Price: $4,000 – $6,000. Swann. 1/26/15.


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