Roman Weil collection relating to Boris Artzybasheff

Inclusive Dates: 
1937–1943, 1932–1965

This record forms part of the Chicago’s Art-Related Archival Materials: A Terra Foundation Resource project funded by the Terra Foundation for American Art. For this project, the Archives surveyed archival repositories throughout the Chicago region to identify art-related materials contained in their holdings. While the Archives of American Art does not own any of the materials described herein, information about those materials and links to the original repositories have been included when available.

Descriptive Summary

Unprocessed. 0.8 linear feet of material consisting of illustrations by Boris Artzybasheff for advertisements for the Wickwire Steel Company from 1942–1943 featuring WWII Axis leaders undergoing various torments and the hands of animate steel contraptions. The collection also includes one woodcut print of The Last Trumpet, originally printed in 1937, which is signed by the artist. This collection may be of interest to researchers interested in Artzybasheff, advertising art from the 1940s, the use of WWII imagery in advertising, Machine Age art, and woodcut printing. Also found are covers for issues of Mechanix Illustrated, Fortune, and Time magazines, presumably illustrated by Artzybasheff.

Biographical Historical Note

Boris Artzybasheff was a Ukrainian-born American illustrator, graphic artist, and commercial artist.