Babii, Ivan O.
Babii, Ivan O. [Бабій, Іван; Babij], b 6 January 1896 near Yelysavethrad in Kherson gubernia, d 1945? Painter of the neoclassical school. Babii studied in Kyiv, at the Berlin Academy of Arts (1921–3), and in Paris (beginning in 1925). He was a member of the Association of Revolutionary Art of Ukraine. Babii specialized in portraits and still lifes, exhibiting his work in Berlin and in Paris. He worked at first in the style of the German neue Sachlichkeit; in Paris he turned to neoclassicism, producing such works as Adam and Eve, Card Game, Woman in Red, Woman in Black, and Self-portrait.
[This article originally appeared in the Encyclopedia of Ukraine, vol. 1 (1984).]