Friday, April 29, 2022

Mystical, deathly, and devil jokers. Pirates too.

 Mystical, deathly, and devil jokers. Pirates too. There's about 150 of them!  They're in the artsy section of the collection along with:

    1.  Art: Traditional art  (ie, there was a canvas or drawing to start with). Digital art
    2. flowers, fruit, mermaids
    3. Card-themed Jokers (YES, this is intentional) 
    4. Mystical, deathly, and devils. Pirates too.  THIS ARTICLE
    5. Masks
    6. Statues 

Starting with one of my favorite jokers of all time. This mystical dybbuk is one of the most beautiful and artistically significant jokers in the collection. It is of a dybbuk and designed by Arthur Szyk, one of the great artist of 1930s-50s,  Arthur Szyk was a famous artist in mid 20th Century who escaped the Holocaust by moving to America.   I have an entire article about Arthur Szyk and his card designs.  

It pictures a dybbuk which in Jewish or Kabalistic mythology is a malicious possessing spirit believed to be the dislocated soul of a dead person. 

Arthur Szyk Joker Playing Card

Here's the back of the Arthur Szyk joker.

 
This scary jokers is another of my long time favorites



Here's the whole set.






 


The green joker in the top row below is derivative of a famous enigmatic painting by Jan Matejko in 1862. Click here and in the middle of the article, there is a copy of the painting and description of the historical context. (this deserves its own article)


 


Starting here, the focus goes to pirates, skulls and crossbones, and skeletons.






 An early version of this article was published in March 2018. It includes the backs and listed 30 jokers. The May 2019 article on mystical jokers shows a lot of the individuals ones in high res form.

They're in the artsy section of the collection along with:

    1.  Art: Traditional art  (ie, there was a canvas or drawing to start with). Digital art
    2. flowers, fruit, mermaids
    3. Card-themed Jokers (YES, this is intentional) 
    4. Mystical, deathly, and devils. Pirates too.  THIS ARTICLE
    5. Masks
    6. Statues