Pinchas Litvinovsky

1894-1985
was born to a religious family in the Ukraine. At the age of 18, he began studying at the Odessa Art school, where he met Boris Schatz. The latter invited him to study at his school, Bezalel Academy of Art and Design, and that he did - the young Litvinovsky immigrated to Israel and studied at Schatz's Bezalel for one year. In 1912, Litvinovsky rebelled and quit the institution (together with Reuven Rubin), the cause was a fundamental disagreement over the customaries of the institution: the conception of art, style, contents, and teaching methods. After leaving the school, he traveled to Russia and studied at The Russian Academy of Arts in Saint Petersburg. In 1919, after World War I, he immigrated with his wife to Israel on board of the "Ruslan" ship. Among the immigrants were the architect Zeev Rechter, the dancer Baruch Agadati, the poets Yonatan Ratosh and Rachel (Bluwstein), the collector Jacob Fermann, the artists Yitzhak Frenkel, Moshe Ziffer, and Joseph Constant, and many other intellectuals and practitioners for whom the ship was nicknamed "the Zionist Mayflower." Upon his immigration to Israel, Litvinovsky settled in Jerusalem, integrating into Israel’s art and culture life, and exhibited at the Ohel Theater, the Tower of David and was also a part of the Egged group (the Palestine Artists Association). This painting, which was apparently drawn at the end of the 1920s, depicts two Arab shepherds wearing kaffiyahs - one is standing while holding a young calf, the other is playing his flute, kneeling next to what appears to be an Arab vase. A purple bull is lying In the background, behind it are four ocher rectangles, probably tents. This is an oriental, pastoral Israeli idyll, a little piece of earthly heaven (or, if you will - Le bonheur de vivre, as a hint of Henri Matisse's masterpiece). As known, the Arab figure was the most desirable object of modernist painters in the 1920s, including Litvinovsky. From under their brush, the figure came near apotheosis, and became a symbol of rootedness, nativity, and worldly harmony. In light of this, the image of the new Jew was formed, he had a tan, and aspired to natural sense of unity in the Levant. In contrast to the Jew, the Arab was perceived as exotic, instinctual, primal and connected to the land, and was usually described as close to the fauna and flora. Once again, the painting before us depicts two shepherds, standing next to a young calf and a horned bull in an abstract, color patched looking view. In fact, this painting is already evident to Litvinovsky's new direction, because despite the figuration there is a clear process of simplification and abstraction, one that does not distinguish between image and background, and the embedding of a colored array exploring the painting’s formal values. Pinchas Litvinovsky, would later abandon the Jewish and old Israeli idyll, and vantur to explore other styles (such as the childlike features identified with his work), but throughout his life and until his death at the age of 90, he continued to paint his beloved Arab figures.

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Pinchas Litvinovsky
Child, Oil on paper, 30X27 cm. Signed.

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$300 - $500

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Pinchas Litvinovsky
Two Figures and a Cow, 1920's Oil…

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Pinchas Litvinovsky
Breastfeeding Girl, Oil on canvas, 130X73 cm.

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4200

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Pinchas Litvinovsky
Young girl, Mixed media on paper, 46X30…

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130

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Pinchas Litvinovsky
Portrait, Oil on paper, 75X50 cm. Signed.

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$400 - $600

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Pinchas Litvinovsky
David Ben Gurion, Oil on paper, 46X38…

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2400

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Please God, Oil on paper,   76X55…

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200

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Pinchas Litvinovsky
Goats, Oil on canvas, 41X35 cm. Signed.

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$1,200 - $1,600

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Pinchas Litvinovsky
Blessing of the Lulav, Oil on canvas,…

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3000

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Pinchas Litvinovsky
Boys on Donkey, Oil on canvas, 80X100…

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1500

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Pinchas Litvinovsky
Figure, panda on paper, 48X58 cm. Signed.

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140

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Pinchas Litvinovsky
Ben Gurion, Charcoal on Paper, 45X39 cm.…

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400

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Pinchas Litvinovsky
Berl Katznelson, Oil on paper, 50X38 cm.…

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750

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Pinchas Litvinovsky
Young Boy, Oil on cardboard, 38X27 cm.…

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Pinchas Litvinovsky
Figures, Oil pastel on paper, 48X65 cm.…

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190

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Pinchas Litvinovsky
A Tribute to Picasso, Oil pastel on…

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300

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Pinchas Litvinovsky
Figures, panda on paper, 35x26 cm ,…

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$200 - $300

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Pinchas Litvinovsky
Figures, oil on paper laid down on…

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600

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Pinchas Litvinovsky
Figure with a Hat, oil on paper…

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360

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Pinchas Litvinovsky
Figures, Oil on canvas, 114X162 cm.

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2600

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Two Children, Panda on Paper, 38X28 cm.…

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200

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Pinchas Litvinovsky
Religious figure, oil on paper laid down…

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$1,200 - $1,600

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Pinchas Litvinovsky
Figures and a Camel, Oil on cardboard,…

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750

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Pinchas Litvinovsky
Nude Female Figure, Oil on canvas, 61x50…

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900

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Pinchas Litvinovsky
Figures in Mahane Yehuda Market, Mixed media…

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800

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Pinchas Litvinovsky
Mother and Son, Oil on canvas, 61x38…

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$2,000 - $3,000

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Pinchas Litvinovsky
Two Children, Panda on Paper, 38X28 cm.…

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$300 - $500

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Pinchas Litvinovsky
Father and son, mixed media on paper,…

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$500 - $700

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Pinchas Litvinovsky
Religious figure, oil on cardboard, 46x30 cm.…

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420

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Pinchas Litvinovsky
Boys, Oil on cardboard, 35X25 cm. Signed.

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240

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Pinchas Litvinovsky
Market in the Old City of Jerusalem,…

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2800

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Pinchas Litvinovsky
Suffis, 1920’s, Oil on Canvas, 34X42 cm.…

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13000

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Pinchas Litvinovsky
Figure, panda on paper, 48x58 cm, signed.

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$250 - $400

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Pinchas Litvinovsky
Porters, oil and pastel on paper, 29x38…

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360

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Pinchas Litvinovsky
House, oil on canvas, 34X50 cm. Signed.

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$1,000 - $1,500

Lot : 333

Pinchas Litvinovsky
Figures,Oil on paper laid down on canvas,…

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260

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