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 Frederick Nicholas Loveroff  (1894 - 1959)



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Lived/Active: California/Ontario / Canada/Russian Federation      Known for: landscape, snowscenes, industrial sites and street genre paintings

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Frederick Nicholas Loveroff  ARCA, OSA (1894 – 1959) (1)

A prominent early 20th century Canadian painter and draftsman, Frederick Nicholas Loveroff (nee Postnikoff) was born in Tiflis, Russia (now Tbilisi Georgia) and died in Redwood City, California. He immigrated with his family to a farming region about 60 miles north of Saskatoon, Saskatchewan in 1900, then moved to Toronto, Ontario for schooling in 1913, and left Toronto for California in 1934, where he lived the rest of his life and apparently never painted again. Loveroff’s work is in the permanent collections of several museums including the National Gallery of Canada.

His mediums were oil paint, watercolor and charcoal. His subjects were landscapes, farms, snowscapes, forests, tree studies, industrial sites and activities, city street scenes, and cityscapes. His styles included Impressionism*, Realism* and Social Realism*. The AskART images are good illustrations of his work.

His formal art education includes four years at the Ontario College of Art, Toronto (1913 – 1917), where he studied under George A. Reid, J.W. Beatty, William Cruikshank, and J.E.H. MacDonald. (2)

Loveroff was elected an Associate of the Royal Canadian Academy of Arts* in 1920 and a member of the Ontario Society of Artists* in 1921. He exhibited frequently with both organizations between 1915 and 1931. He also exhibited with the Art Association of Montreal (now Montreal Museum of Fine Arts) in 1922 and at the Canadian National Exhibition (Toronto) in 1929. (3)

His works were included in the 1921 exhibition “Canadian Art of Today” at the Winnipeg Art Gallery, Manitoba; the 1924 and 1925 British Empire expositions in London (Wembley), England; the 1927 “Exposition d'art Canadien”, Musée du Jeu de Paume, Paris, France; and the 1931 “Exhibition of Canadian Art”, Buenos Aires, Argentina.

Posthumously, he’s been the subject of solo exhibitions at the Mendel Art Gallery (Saskatoon) in 1965 and 1970; and a touring exhibition that visited the Mackenzie Art Gallery (Regina, Saskatchewan), the Art Gallery of Hamilton (Ontario) and the Nickle Arts Museum (Calgary, Alberta) in 1981.

His paintings are avidly collected in Canada, they are frequently traded on the Canadian auction market, and they are in several major Canadian museum collections.

According to the Canadian Heritage Information Network* and individual museum websites, there are Loveroff works in the permanent collections of the Art Gallery of Hamilton (Ontario), Art Gallery of Ontario (Toronto), Canadian War Museum (Ottawa), Mackenzie Art Gallery (Regina, Saskatchewan), Mendel Art Gallery (Saskatoon, Saskatchewan), and the National Gallery of Canada (Ottawa). (4) (5)


(1) Please note: Our sources provide four birth years for Loveroff – 1890, 1893, 1894 and 1895. The National Gallery of Canada uses 1894 and the Canadian Heritage Information Network*, while using 1890, includes the remark: “Artist entered 8 June 1894 as birth date on NGC Information Form.” Based on that, we are using 1894. – MDS

(2) All artists mentioned in this biography and its footnotes have their own pages in AskART.

(3) Please note: There may be more CNE exhibitions, which included Loveroff, the only one listed is confirmed from the provenance of a painting in the AGO.

(4) The one Loveroff work in the Canadian War Museum is a 30” X 24” oil on canvas depicting a soldier holding the Canadian flag. Its image, date of production “1914 – 1919”, and title – Our Bond for Victory – gives the work the appearance of an illustration for a war bond poster, however after a brief search we could not find the image used on any poster in the collection of the Canadian War Museum or elsewhere. – MDS

(5) Page 3 of the 1925 British Empire Exposition catalogue (see AskART book references) notes that the City of Leicester Art Museum [now New Walk Museum & Art Gallery], Leicester, England purchased Loveroff’s painting titled “Snow on the Hillside”, from the 1924 exhibition. The only other painting noted as being purchased by a museum was A.Y. Jackson’s “Halifax Harbour” which was purchased by the National Gallery of British Art [now Tate].


Biographical Index of Artists in Canada” (2003), by Evelyn de Rostaing McMann (see AskART book references)

"The Collector's Dictionary of Canadian Artists at Auction" (2001), by Anthony R. Westbridge and Diana L. Bodnar (see AskART book references)

Art and Architecture in Canada (1991), by Loren R. Lerner and Mary F. Williamson (see AskART book references)

Royal Canadian Academy of Arts: Exhibitions and Members, 1880 – 1979 (1981), by Evelyn de R. McMann (see AskART book references)

A Dictionary of Canadian Artists: Volume 4, Little – Miles (1974), by Colin S. MacDonald (see AskART book references)

Creative Canada: A Biographical Dictionary of Twentieth Century Creative and Performing Arts (1972), by Helen M. Rodney (see AskART book references)

Art Gallery of Ontario – The Canadian Collection (1970), by Helen Pepall Bradfield (see AskART book references)

The National Gallery of Canada: Catalogue of Paintings and Sculpture, Volume III (1960), by R.H. Hubbard (see AskART book references)

The National Gallery of Canada Catalogue (1931), by National Gallery of Canada (see AskART book references)

The Fine Arts in Canada (1925), by Newton MacTavish (see AskART book references)

Canadian Section of Fine Arts: British Empire Exposition, London, 1925 (1925), by National Gallery of Canada (see AskART book references)

Canadian Section of Fine Arts: British Empire Exposition, London, 1924 (1924), by National Gallery of Canada (see AskART book references)

Canadian Heritage Information Network*

Centre for Contemporary Canadian Art* (OSA exhibitions)

National Gallery of Canada

Canadian War Museum

Roberts Gallery Limited, Toronto

Art Gallery of Ontario (catalogue summaries online)

* For more in-depth information about these terms and others, see Glossary

Prepared and contributed by M.D. Silverbrooke.



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