Arthur Szyk (Painter) – Bio, Birthday, Family, Age & Born
Arthur Szyk

Arthur Szyk was a Polish-Jewish artist who worked primarily as a book illustrator and political artist throughout his career. Arthur Szyk was born into a prosperous middle-class Jewish family in Łódź, in the part of Poland which was under Russian rule in the 19th century. An acculturated Polish Jew, Szyk always proudly 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.

Born: Artur Szyk, Jun 16, 1894, Łódź, Poland
Died: Sept 13, 1951, New Canaan, Connecticut
Resting place: New Montefiore Cemetery, Farmingdale, New York
Nationality: Polish, American
Education: Académie Julian, Paris, Jan Matejko Academy of Fine Arts, Kraków
Known for: Drawing, caricature, book illustration, illuminated manuscript, watercolor painting
Notable work: Statute of Kalisz (1932), Washington and his Times (1932), Twenty Pictures from the Glorious Days of the Polish-American Fraternity (1939), The Haggadah (1940), The New Order (1941), Andersen’s Fairy Tales (1945), Ink & Blood: A Book of Drawings (1946), Pathways Through the Bible (1946), Visual History of Nations (1945–1949)
Awards: Ordre des Palmes Académiques (France), 1923, Gold Cross of Merit (Poland), 1931, George Washington Bicentennial Medal (United States), 1932

About Arthur Szyk

Polish-born artist known for his historically and politically themed illustrations, caricatures, and paintings. His works included “Statute of Kalisz” from 1932, “Washington and His Times” from 1932, and “Days of the Polish-American Fraternity” from 1939.

Before Fame

He first developed his political-artistic aesthetic in post-World War I Poland and further honed his style in France.


He displayed his set of miniatures of George Washington and the American Revolution at the Library of Congress in the mid-1930s.

Family Life

He was born to Jewish parents in Lodz, Poland, which was then part of the Russian Empire.


He and Peter Max both became prominent Jewish artists.

Information related to Arthur Szyk

  • Polish cartoonists
  • Revisionist Zionism
  • Polish Zionists
  • Polish people of World War I
  • Polish illustrators
  • Ordre des Palmes Académiques recipients
  • 20th-century Polish people
  • Polish people of World War II
  • Polish people of the Polish–Soviet War
  • American Zionists
  • Alumni of the Académie Julian
  • Russian military personnel of World War I
  • American cartoonists

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Latest information about Arthur Szyk updated on September 12, 2020.

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