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Artist information

Name Vicky (1913-1966)

Other name Victor Weisz

Born Berlin, Germany

Died London, England

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Victor Weisz, or, ‘Vicky’, as he came to be known, was a Berlin-born and educated artist and political cartoonist of Hungarian-Jewish descent. His father died when he was a teenager, and he became the family breadwinner. At the age of 15, he began publishing his cartoons in the newspaper 12 Uhr Blatt, but his open opposition to Nazism made it dangerous for him to remain in Germany and he immigrated to England in 1935. After a period of freelancing, he joined the The News Chronicle, as a daily cartoonist, becoming one of the most recognisable satirists in England at the time, owing to his uncompromising blend of political critique and dry humour. Comical characters such as Supermac (based on the Conservative leader and Prime Minister Harold Macmillan) appeared in his works with the same regularity as pieces portraying the famine in India or the effects of racial discrimination. His work has been variously compared to twentieth-century Chinese modernist woodcuts, to the prints of Käthe Kollwitz, and to the paintings of George Grosz. However, his cartoons are “not as bitter as Grosz’s, and not as heavy as Kollwitz’s” (Mulk Raj Anand). In 1958, Vicky’s 14-year tenure at The News Chronicle came to an end after he clashed with the then editor-in-chief Robert Cruikshank. Vicky relocated to The Daily Mirror, and then to The Evening Standard, where he had unparalleled liberty of expression, also contributing to the weekly New Statesman. Privately, however, this was also Vicky’s most tormented period and after suffering personal and political disillusionment, he committed suicide in 1966.

Object Details

Object type drawing

Medium pen and ink and correction fluid on paper

Materials and techniques ink | pen (medium) paper (support)

Unframed 37.1 x 51.2 cm

Framed 40.1 x 54.4 cm

Signed signed, bottom right: Vicky

Accession number 1987-422xxviii

Display status not on display

Keywords

cartoon | drawing


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