“In his dexterity Szyk recalls a bygone age of monastic scribes slaving over parchment pages. [His] illustrations are more intricate than Swiss watch works and sublimely obsessive. Reproductions hardly do the originals justice.”
— Michael Kimmelman, The New York Times
“Arthur Szyk’s drawings are evidence of an exceptional mastery of crafts and of artistic inspiration.”
— Katja Widmann and Johannes Zechner, Curators, Deutsches Historisches Museum, Berlin, 2008
“To call Arthur Szyk the greatest illuminator since the sixteenth century is no flattery. It is the simple truth which becomes manifest to any person who studies his work with the care which it deserves.”
— Cecil Roth, Historian, London, 1940s
“[Szyk] makes not only cartoons, but beautiful composed pictures which suggest, in their curiously decorative quality, the inspired illuminations of the early religious manuscripts.”
— Thomas Craven, Art Critic, New York, 1940s
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21st-century efforts return Szyk's political art to public consciousness
NEW YORK—Steve Heller, design expert and author, recently interviewed Irvin Ungar and on May 29, 2014 published a widely-shared essay on the political and social significance of Arthur Szyk’s art.
Referencing Szyk works such as “Anti-Christ” (right), the portrait of Japan’s Admiral Yamamoto which appeared on the cover of Time magazine (December 1941), and “Modern Moses” (1944), Heller discusses the messages of justice and freedom Szyk represented, and Irvin Ungar’s tireless campaign to raise Szyk awareness through presentations, exhibitions, and film.