Tefillah, original painting of a group of five men praying in the synagogue.
N.p., ca. 1940-45. 11 1/4 by 16 1/4 inches. Finely executed in gouache or tempera with a multicolored border, and with the forged signature of Arthur Szyk. The image is titled in Hebrew in the bottom border and is typical of Szyk's style, with much detail and exaggerated facial expressions. It is believed that many works of popular Polish artists were copied under the Nazi regime for future sale. One particular artist, a prisoner in one of the concentration camps, may have been assigned to copy Szyk's work. The books in the bookshelf against the wall are labeled in Hebrew: "Arthur Szyk." Fine, in a black frame with a gilt inner border. An attractive piece with an enigmatic history. Item #8934