Samuel Nevelstein

Born: 1903, Kherson
Died: 1983, Leningrad

Painter, graphic artist, teacher. Born in the family of Grigory Nevelstein in the city of Kherson in south Ukraine (1903). Worked as an assistant smelter in a foundry (1916) and joined the Red Army during the Russian Civil War (1919). Studied at the VKhUTEMAS in Moscow (1923–26), under Isaac Brodsky, Vasily Savinsky and Arkady Rylov at the VKhUTEIN/Institute of Proletarian Fine Art in Leningrad (1926–31) and at the Institute of Painting, Sculpture and Architecture in Leningrad (1932–34). Member of the Union of Artists (1935). Director of the Leningrad Secondary School of Art (1934–41). Evacuated to the town of Kyshtym in Chelyabinsk Region during the Second World War (1942). Painted portraits, genre scenes, landscapes and still-lifes (1940s–early 1980s). Died in Leningrad (1983). Contributed to exhibitions (from 1928), including All-Union Art Exhibition of 1947 at the Tretyakov Gallery and Pushkin Museum of Fine Arts in Moscow (1947), Times of Change: Art in the Soviet Union (1960–85) at the Russian Museum in St Petersburg (2006) and one-man shows in Leningrad (1944, 1956, 1964, 1968, 1985).

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