United States Holocaust Memorial Museum

Bloody Hands, 1941
The Art and Politics of Arthur Szyk
wartime caricaturist

Exhibition tour
[USHMM #93796/U.S. Naval Academy Museum, Annapolis;
Original materials: Watercolor, gouache, pastel, graphite, and ink on paper;
Original dimensions: 15 15/16" x 16 11/16"]

Bloody Hands, 1941
This work was displayed at the U.S. Naval Academy (1942), the Wildenstein Gallery (1944), and the Philadelphia Art Alliance (1945). Szyk seems to parody a painting by German artist Hubert Lanzinger that depicted Hitler as a knight on horseback. Here he is portrayed not as a chivalrous figure, but as a murderer who brings famine and death. Hitler is flanked by Japanese emperor Hirohito and a depiction of famine.

[Exhibition tour:
Bloody Hands

Playing time 1:09

Narration from audio tour produced by Antenna Audio.]

Listen to the description of Bloody Hands from the audio tour produced to accompany the Museum's exhibition, with comments by cartoonist Art Spiegelman.

Jewish Artist
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Szyk resources
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