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The Son of Heaven, 1945
The Art and Politics of Arthur Szyk
wartime caricaturist

Sketch on the back of Son of Heaven, 1942
[USHMM #93865/Rinjiro Sodei, Japan;
Original materials: Watercolor, gouache, and ink on paper;
Original framed dimensions: 17 9/10" x 17 9/10", 6.5" x 6" visible image]

The Son of Heaven, 1945
Hirohito ruled as the emperor of Japan from 1926 until his death in 1989. During his reign, Japanese armies invaded Manchuria and the rest of China, joined the Axis powers, and expanded militarily throughout east Asia. In this image, Szyk lampoons Hirohito, regarded as a divine ruler by his supporters, by parodying a noted photograph showing the emperor on horseback.


 
Sketch on the back of Son of Heaven
[USHMM #93865 (reverse)/Rinjiro Sodei, Japan;
Original materials: Pen and ink on paper;
Original framed dimensions, Son of Heaven: 17 9/10" x 17 9/10", 6.5" x 6" visible image ]

Sketch on the back of Son of Heaven, 1942
This sketch appears on the back of Szyk's 1945 work, Son of Heaven. Beneath the image of a uniformed Nazi, the text reads: "And out of those Jews we kill, we make soap, to keep our conscience clean....."


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