Jan Le Witt and George Him Design

Jan Le Witt and George Him Design


Jan Le Witt and George Him Design. 2008. Antique Collectors’ Club Woodbridge. 80pp. Very good condition.

Having met in a Warsaw café in 1933, two Polish-born artists Jan Le Witt (1907-1991) and George Him (1900-1981), built upon a friendship to become the highly successful collaborative design partnership Lewitt-Him. 

George Him, born in Poland to Russian-Jewish parents, studied comparative history of religions in Moscow, Berlin and Bonn, before turning his attention to graphic art. Studying in Leipzig, Him stayed in Germany as a freelancer until 1933 when he met Le Witt. 

Before the war Him and Jan Le Witt - who had experimented with thirteen different professions before becoming a freelance artist in 1927 – worked in Poland before moving to London in 1937. At the outbreak of the Second World War Lewitt-Him designed posters for the Ministry of Information, but some of their early designs were never used. By late 1942, their main work was illustrating children's books, although they continued with poster work and designed murals for war factory canteens. 

After the war the Lewitt-Him partnership designed murals for the Festival of Britain (1951), and exhibited in Jerusalem and Tel Aviv (1948), and New York and Philadelphia (1953). They produced designs for The Post Office, Ministry of Transport, PanAm Airways, Schweppes, etc. In 1954 the partnership was dissolved.

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