Ivan Ivanovich Godlevsky (1908 Kholm – 1998 Saint Petersburg)
Yachts on the Seashore
Material: Oil on carton
Dimension: 18,2 x 24,2 cm
Dated: 1952, Riga
About the Artist:
Ivan Ivanovich Godlevsky was a Russian Soviet painter, a member of the Leningrad Union of Artists of the RSFSR. Ivan Godlevsky was born on March 9, 1908 in the village of Dobromerichi, Kholmsk Province. Having lost his parents during the First World War, he was brought up in the orphanage of Countess Veniaminova in Moscow, after the revolution – in an orphanage.
From 1927 to 1931 Ivan Godlevsky studied at the Kiev Art Institute. In 1936 he was accepted at the painting department of the Leningrad Institute of Painting, Sculpture and Architecture at the Russian Academy of Arts. Studied at Semen Abugov, Henry Pavlovsky, Alexander Osmyorkin, Gleb Savinov. Participant of the Great Patriotic War. He fought on the North-West and 2nd Ukrainian fronts. Demobilized with the rank of captain. Awarded combat decorations: Order of the Red Banner, Order of the Red Star, medals. In 1949 he graduated from the institute in the workshop of M. Avilov with the title of artist of painting. Diploma work – painting “Comrade Khrushchev visiting Hutsul” (Research Museum of the Academy of Arts, St. Petersburg).
He participated in exhibitions since 1946, exhibiting his works together with the works of the leading masters of fine arts of Leningrad. Member of the Leningrad Union of Soviet Artists since 1949. He taught at the Department of General Painting of the V. I. Mukhina Leningrad Higher Art and Technical School. Painted landscapes, portraits, still lifes, genre compositions.
In the early 1990s, Godlevsky’s work became quite well known in France on the wave of interest in Russian art of the Soviet period and thanks to the successful sales of a number of works at auctions of Russian paintings in Paris. In 1989-1992, his works of art were successfully presented at exhibitions and auctions of Russian art by L’Ecole de Leningrad in France. Personal exhibitions of Godlevsky’s works were shown in Leningrad (1961, 1978, 1980), Lvov (1963), Pskov (1979), Paris (1991), Madrid (1992, 1993), Brussels (1992), Hamburg (1993, 1996), Gothenburg (1994), Antwerp (1994).
He died August 20, 1998, in St. Petersburg at 91 years old. He was buried at Kovalyov Cemetery.
Works in Museums
Ivan Ivanovich Godlevsky’s works are in the Sosnovoborsk Museum of Modern Art, other museums and private collections in Russia, Britain, France, Japan and other countries.