Ado Vabbe

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Ado Vabbe
Ado Vabbe, 1927
Born(1892-03-19)19 March 1892
Died20 April 1961(1961-04-20) (aged 69)
Nationality (legal)Estonia

Ado Vabbe (19 March 1892 – 20 April 1961) was an Estonian painter, printmaker, and teacher.

Ado Vabbe is known for bringing abstraction back home to Estonia after being educated at Anton Ažbe's art school in Munich from 1911 to 1913. Active as an artist, he became better known as an art teacher and was a strong influence on many modern Estonian artists. His Paraphrases are considered an important turning point in the history of Estonian art.[1]

Vabbe died in Tartu.

To remember the artist, Ado Vabbe Art Fellowship (Estonian: Ado Vabbe nimeline stipendium) is given out by Tartu city and Tartu Cultural Endowment (Estonian: Tartu Kultuurkapital).[2]


  1. ^ Ado Vabbe discussed by Eda Sepp in Estonian Non-conformist art from the Soviet occupation in 1944 to Perestroika, Chapter 2 in Art of the Baltics: The Struggle for Freedom of Artistic Expression under the Soviets, 1945-1991, edited by Jane Voorhees, Alla Rosenfeld and Norton T. Dodge, exhibition catalog Zimmerli Art Museum, Rutgers University, New Brunswick, New Jersey, 2001/2002, ISBN 978-0813530420
  2. ^ "Ado Vabbe nimeline kunstipreemia". Kultuurkapital (in Estonian). Retrieved 23 February 2024.