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Pinchas Litvinovsky was an Israeli artist born in the Ukraine in 1894.

Pinchas Litvinovsky, born Piotr Vladimirovich Litvinovsky, was born to a religious family of Jewish merchants in in the Ukraine. He studied the Torah in a traditional "heder" school. In 1912, he immigrated to Israel and began to study at the Bezalel School of Arts at the invitation of professor Boris Schatz . Eventually he transferred to the Russian Academy of Arts in Saint Petersburg, informally known as the Saint Petersburg Academy of Arts. 

In 1919, as a result of the Russian Revolution, he returned to Israel aboard the S.S. Ruslan with his wife and settled in Tiberias. In 1926, he designed the set for The Dybbuk, performed by Habima Theatre in Tel Aviv. Two years later, he moved to Jerusalem. There he joined the young modern artists’ movement. He showed his work at exhibitions of the Hebrew Artists Association (1924 and 1925) and took part in the “modern artists” exhibitions at the Ohel Theater (1926 - 1928). He was also a member of the Egged group (1929). In the late 1930s, he joined the artist’s colony in Upper Motza. He is one of the most important artists to work in Palestine prior to the 1932 wave of immigration.

In the early 1920s, Pinchas Litvinovsky's work was influenced by Russian constructivism. During this time, he opened a painting studio with Moshe Mokady. Together with Mokady, he taught students who dropped out of Bezalel for a brief period.

In the 1930’s he traveled to Paris several times where he encountered the art of Matisse, Picasso and artists of the Jewish School of Paris. From the 1930s, he began to create Expressionist paintings. In 1935, he held his first solo exhibition at the Bezalel National Museum, and in 1939 was awarded the Dizengoff Prize. In 1944, he had another one-man show at the Bezalel National Museum. In the 1950s, he devoted himself to works on paper in a minimalist graphic style.

A retrospective exhibition of 250 Litvinovsky's works, was held in the home of Helena Rubinstein in 1960. 

Pinchas Litvinovsky died in 1985. 

In 1986, to commemorate the first anniversary of Litvinovsky's death, the Knesset held an exhibition of his works.  

The Israel Museum in Jerusalem held a comprehensive one-man show of Litvinovsky's works in 1990.

 

EDUCATION

1912 Odessa Academy of Art, Russia

1912 Bezalel Academy of Art & Design, Jerusalem

1917 Academy of Art, Petrograd, Russia, with Professor Kronovsky, drawing

 

AWARDS and PRIZES

1912 Scholarship to Odessa Academy of Art, Odessa, Russia

1939 Dizengoff Prize for Painting and Sculpture, Municipality of Tel Aviv – Jaffa

1970 Worthy of Jerusalem

1980 Israel Prize for Painting (with Anna Ticho)