Il Duce. (Hermann Goering, Benito Mussolini and Emperor Hirohito) During the war, Death frequently appeared in Szyk's work wearing a German uniform or accompanying Nazi leaders.

Arthur Szyk (1894 – 1951)

Il Duce. (Hermann Goering, Benito Mussolini and Emperor Hirohito) During the war, Death frequently appeared in Szyk's work wearing a German uniform or accompanying Nazi leaders.

Arthur Szyk’s work became more political as Hitler rose to power. He was drawing caricatures of the Nazi dictator as early as 1933.

Arthur Szyk’s work became more political as Hitler rose to power. He was drawing caricatures of the Nazi dictator as early as 1933.

SZYK, Arthur. Key to French Africa. Original watercolor and gouache on paper. Measures 13 ½” x 10 ½”, New York, 1942.  In Key to French Africa, Szyk demonstrates his prowess as a political cartoonist, creating a complex image laden with meaning and aesthetic appeal.   Courtesy The Arthur Szyk Society www.szyk.org

SZYK, Arthur. Key to French Africa. Original watercolor and gouache on paper. Measures 13 ½” x 10 ½”, New York, 1942. In Key to French Africa, Szyk demonstrates his prowess as a political cartoonist, creating a complex image laden with meaning and aesthetic appeal. Courtesy The Arthur Szyk Society www.szyk.org

Italian propaganda postcard. Italian, German Nazi and Japanese flags fly above a tank crushing the ragged flags of the United Kingdom, the USA and The Soviet Union.

Italian propaganda postcard. Italian, German Nazi and Japanese flags fly above a tank crushing the ragged flags of the United Kingdom, the USA and The Soviet Union.

Another for my "And you?" collection. ("Italian  WW2  "And you.., What do you do?"")

Another for my "And you?" collection. ("Italian WW2 "And you.., What do you do?"")

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