Litvak Israel (1868-1960)
Israel Litvak was born in Odessa in 1868.
Since his eleven years was engaged in carpentry, was a cabinetmaker.
When he was twenty one, he was enlisted into army service where he spent four years, 1889 through 1894.
In 1903 he emigrated to the USA with his wife and two sons. After retirement at 68, Israel pioneered as graphic artist and painter.
His primitive-style pictures depict both city life scenes of New York and landscapes of New England states.
His first personal exhibition was in 1939 in Brooklyn Museum. He was already seventy-two at that time. After the Brooklyn Museum exhibition his artworks were on display in Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts and Whitney Museum of American Art.
In 1940s-1960s he became one of the most successful self-taught artists of New-York.
Israel Litvak enjoyed success and overwhelming attention until his death in 1960 at the age of 92.
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