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Valentin Shabaeff (also Shebaeff)

July 29 1891 - March 5 1978

Valentin Shabaeff was born in Russia in 1891. According to a lengthy biographical article in CANADIAN ART (see below) he "studied for nine years in Russia, mostly at the Moscow Art Academy and the Imperial Academy of Art at Petrograd; painting and design with Professor Feishin, sculpture with Prince Paul Troubetzkoi and ceramics with Baron Klodt. After some years as an art teacher, he left Russia in 1923 and spent three years in Japan, China and Indo-China, designing, among other works, bronze sculptures for His Majesty's Hotel and a stone facade for the Chinese Customs House at Shanghai. Uncomfortable in the climate of the Far East, he came to the United States and later settled in Montreal."

He arrived in Canada in 1929. He exhibited with the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts from 1932 to 1947, and with the RCA in 1931 and 1947. He was listed as a graphic artist, living in Montreal. He also displayed ceramic panels. His work is in the collections of the National Gallery of Canada and the Art Gallery of Ontario.

He was commissioned to create "reliefs, murals and bronze sculptures" (M) for the Hotel Vancouver. One them was a bas-relief sculpture in one of the lobbies, of a mermaid lying on a chaise-lounge. Shabaeff was commissioned to do "twenty-three reliefs, murals, and bronze sculptures for the new Hotel Vancouver, as well as two murals for the royal suite on the occcasion of the visit of the King and Queen." The hotel was completed in time for the Royal visit in 1939. The artist has no other apparent link to Vancouver or BC.


Detail, bas-relief in lobby of Hotel Vancouver, photo Stuart Thomson.

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References

Introducing Valentin Shabaeff by Robert Ayre
      Canadian Art magazine, Vol. 5 No. 2, Christmas - New Year 1947, p. 80-83; 3 illustrations

MONTREAL MUSEUM OF FINE ARTS -
SPRING EXHIBITIONS 1880 - 1970
(refer to MM88)

ROYAL CANADIAN ACADEMY OF ARTS -
EXHIBITIONS & MEMBERS 1880 - 1979
(refer to RCA81)

A DICTIONARY OF CANADIAN ARTISTS (refer to M)
     2 pages of biographical information and references to the artist.

BIOGRAPHICAL INDEX OF ARTISTS IN CANADA (refer to BIAC03)
     Includes references to Shabaeff

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