All this info was found on the Internet! I wish everything I researched was this easy. Buyer pays for shipping. Please note that we have two of these lithos. Only one is stamped “Proof” and the other has a fold in it which is NOT visible on the printed portion, only on the margin and when turned over. It is perfectly fine for framing. The price is for the “Proof” signed page. We will discuss the other with you if you have an interest.
A BEAUTIFUL, ARTHUR SZYK, TITLE PAGE PROOF FOR THE REPUBLIC OF CHINA, 1ST EDITION, 1948, LITHOGRAPH, IN EXCELLENT CONDITION. THIS LITHOGRAPH WAS PUBLISHED BY K. BILESKI, STATION B, WINNIPEG, CANADA. LITHOGRAPHED IN THE U.S.A. BY HERMAN JAFFE, PRINTER, NEW YORK, U.S.A., COPYRIGHT 1948. THE TOTAL MEASUREMENTS OF THIS LITHOGRAPH IS 10″ LONG BY 11.5″ TALL. THE INSIDE MEASUREMENTS IS 6.5″ LONG BY 8″ TALL. THE BOTTOM IS SIGNED, ” ARTHUR SZYK, NEW CANAAN, 47. ON THE BACK IS STAMPED “PROOF” AND DONALD ART CO, INC. NY.” ARTHUR SZYK WAS A MASTER OF PAINTING AND CALLIGRAPHY. HE WAS A POLISH BORN AMERICAN ARTIST FAMOUS FOR HIS ANTI-AXIS POLITICAL ILLUSTRATIONS, CARICATURES, AND CARTOONS DURING WORLD WAR II. HE DEDICATED HIS WORK TO DEMOCRACY AND FREEDOM. BEN ZION BOKSER SAID, ” ARTHUR SZYK WAS A GREAT ARTIST, ENDOWED BY GOD WITH A RARE SENSITIVITY TO BEAUTY AND WITH A RARE SKILL IN GIVING IT GRAPHIC REPRESENTATION”.
The multi-colored lithograph represents Arthur Szyk’s conception of the entire history of the Republic of China. In the center,”Republic of China” is displayed in traditional Chinese characters superimposed over the yellow circular Chinese symbol for”long life” and surrounded by four circular blue-and-white star logos of the Nationalist government founded by Sun Yat-sen. The dragon at the center top represents Imperial China and is flanked by portraits of Sun Yat-sen on the right and Confucius on the left. The eight immortals of Taoism line either side of the central panel, and depictions of a scholar-bureaucrat and peasant farmer as well as a porcelain urn and the circular symbol for the Republic of China decorate the lower half of the print. Four vertical and four horizontal columns containing the names of China’s provinces spelled in Chinese characters line the bottom edge.