Arnold Lakhovsky

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Arnold Lakhovsky, 1909
Self-portrait of Lakhovsky

Arnold Borisovich Lakhovsky (Ukrainian: Арнольд Борисович Лаховський, Russian: Арнольд Борисович Лаховский) also known as Aaron Berkovich) was a painter and sculptor of Ukrainian-Jewish descent, born 27 January [O.S. 15 January] 1880 in Chernobyl, Russian Empire.

Lakhovsky completed his art education at the Art Academy of Odessa, and also in Munich and Saint Petersburg, where he eventually resided. In 1925 he emigrated to Paris, and his paintings were exhibited in an art museum there. Later in 1933 he finally moved to New York City and taught at Boston's School of the Museum of Fine Arts. He died in 1937 in New York City, New York.

Graduated from Odessa Art School (1902), where studied in the workshops of K. Kostandi and G. Ladyzhensky. Later studied at the workshop of Maro at Fine Arts Academy, Munich, Germany.

In 1904 moved to St. Petersburg, Russia, to join the workshop of Ilya Repin at the Royal Academy of Arts Higher Fine Art School. In 1908 left for Palestine and spent 3 months teaching at Bezalel Art School (now Bezalel Academy of Arts and Design) in Jerusalem.

Having returned to Russia, continued his studies at the Higher Fine Art School at the workshops of P. Tchistyakov (1908-09), A. Kiselyov (1909-11), and N. Doubovskoy (1911-12). Graduated at A-level on November 1, 1912. Awarded the "qualified artist" title for The Last Rays painting in 1912.

Lakhovsky lived in St. Petersbourg and worked mostly in the city and its suburbs and Northwest Russia, including an old picturesque town of Pskov. He joined the Kouindgi Society (1915) and The Wanderers Society (1916). He became one of the founding members of the Jewish Arts Encouragement Society in November, 1915, donated his works to charity auctions

In 1925, Lakhovsky was invited by the Luxembourg Museum in Paris and left to France. He was a board member of the artists section of the Russian Artists Union in France.

In 1933 he moved to New York, where his main occupation was painting portraits on commission. In 1935, along with B. Grigoriev and A. Yakovlev, he taught at the Fine Arts Museum Art School in Boston, MA.

Lakhovsky died on January 7, 1937, at Beth Israel Hospital in New York of leukemia followed by pneumonia. He was buried at Beth David Elmont cemetery in Long Island.

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