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Poster advertising Jewish Book Month based on a print by Arthur Szyk

Object | Accession Number: 2003.341.1

Colorful poster of a book lover among his books owned by Philip Goodman. The poster was issued to promote Jewish Book Month, November 14 - December 14, 1979, sponsored by the Jewish Book Council. It is a reprint of the Arthur Szyk poster used for the campaign from 1946-1951. Szyk was a renowned master of the art of book illumination, and the poster design suggests an illuminated manuscript. It has a quote by Judah Ibn Tibbon [Yehudah ibn Tibon], a medieval Jewish translator of Maimonides from Arabic into Hebrew. A version of the drawing was published in Coronet Magazine, a general interest monthly, in September 1945. Goodman saw it and with 2 other Council members visited Szyk in 1946 and asked if he would make changes and permit them to use it as an announcement. Szyk agreed and made the changes as they watched over his shoulder. The poster of this new drawing was the most popular one ever used to publicize the event. Szyk, a Jewish emigre artist, originally from Łódź, Poland, came to the US in 1940. Since the September 1939 German invasion of Poland, his work had focused on anti-Nazi political cartoons. Szyk became a leading anti-Fascist editorial caricaturist in the US, creating works that brought attention to the mass murder of Europe’s Jews by Nazi Germany.

Artwork Title
Jewish Book Month November 14 - December 14, 1979
commemoration:  1979 November 14-1979 December 14
publication: New York (N.Y.)
Credit Line
United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Collection, Gift of Philip Goodman
Record last modified: 2021-02-10 09:28:13
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