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Proclamation of the Establishment of the State of Israel
FINE ART PRINTS. New Canaan, 1948. Historic lithograph commemorates Jewish statehood.
This historic proclamation is illuminated in numerous colors in Arthur Szyk's renowned medieval manuscript illumination style. Miniature vignettes of Jewish history and the newborn State of Israel surround the central Hebrew text of the Declaration. Images include: the pioneer (chalutz) who sows the land; the soldier who defends the land; Moses, with his brother Aaron the High Priest and the warrior Hur; Ezekiel, the prophet who called for restoration to the Land; skulls and bones as a reminder of the Holocaust; King David, the first King of the Jewish People in Jerusalem; and the symbols of the twelve tribes of Israel.
Arthur Szyk was a lover of the Jewish People and the Land of Israel, which he visited in 1914 from his native Poland. Szyk was also the leading activist artist in America to help the cause of bringing about the State of Israel. In her memoirs, Julia Szyk records that on the day the independence of the Jewish state was declared, her husband wept and then sat down to create this masterwork, devoting more than six months to its completion. It is said that this very work and his completed Declaration of Independence of the United States hung side by side in the Szyk household until his death in 1951.
Proclamation of the Establishment of the State of Israel. Printed during the first year of Statehood, this highly attractive and illuminated lithograph is plate signed “Arthur Szyk, New Canaan, 1948.” Image size measures 14 inches x 18 1/2 inches; paper size 16 1/2 inches x 21 inches. Accompanied by a copy of the original English translation as issued at the time of printing. Very good Condition.
Provenance: Alexandra Szyk Bracie, daughter of Arthur Szyk.