“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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Illuminated Productions has produced three films about Arthur Szyk
and his works:
- Soldier in Art: Arthur Szyk - America’s Weapon against Nazi Germany.
Sixty-four paintings are set to an original score by composer Richard Friedman. His four-part suite interprets
Arthur Szyk’s visual commentary on American democracy, the horrors of Nazism and the Holocaust,
and the rebirth of the Jewish people in the land of Israel. Together, the images and the music express
the essence of Szyk’s activism, dramatically capturing why Szyk called himself "FDR’s solider in art."
Produced in 2013. Length 9:45. Click on the image below to see the film. DVD available upon request.
In 1940 Polish-Jewish artist Arthur Szyk emigrated to America, the land of his ideals. He became a leading visual
voice against the Nazis and advocated for the rescue of European Jews. Sixty-four paintings set to an original score
dramatically capture why Szyk called himself “FDR’s soldier in art.”
- In Every Generation: Remaking The Szyk Haggadah – This film follows the artisan publication of the new edition of The Szyk Haggadah where the viewer can experience the production process, learn about the craftsmen and scholars behind its creation, and see the expertise and care in every aspect of this masterpiece. Produced in 2008. Length 17:00
- Arthur Szyk: Soldier in Art – A Polish Jew stirs America to action against the Nazis with his
passionate art and savage wit. This film documents the introduction of the artist Arthur Szyk to a group of
students and teachers at Mercer Island High School in Seattle, Washington. Irvin Ungar, encourages
the students to share their reaction to world that is as vivid, profound, and worthy of discussion today as
it was over 60 years ago. Produced in 2006. Length 14:44.