Back in the USSR

Arthur Szyk, a Polish-born American artist (1894–1951), created a collection of 10 lithographs comprising his Visual History of Nations series, which represents the founding member countries of the United Nations, including vibrant images representing the United States of America, Canada, Poland, Great Britain, France, USSR, China, Switzerland and Israel. This series was commissioned in 1945 by Canadian philatelist and entrepreneur Kasimir Bileski, with the intent on being used as frontispieces and title pages for a unique international stamp album. Szyk completed only nine of the 60 countries before he died. I recently found this one, which catches the eye for its intricate color and clever amalgam of Soviet and traditional Russian motifs.

Visit the Arthur Szyk Society here.

 

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