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Valli Lember-Bogatkina

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Valli Lember-Bogatkina
Valentine Lember

(1921-10-30)October 30, 1921
DiedJune 14, 2016(2016-06-14) (aged 94)
Alma materTarbekunstiateljee
Known forWatercolor art, Ceramics, Monuments
AwardsOrder of the White Star
2006 Class 4

Valli Lember-Bogatkina (30 October 1921 – 14 June 2016)[1] was known as "The Grand Old Lady of Estonian watercolor".[2] Her works are exhibited in cities around the world.[3]


Valentine Lember was the daughter of a builder, Gustav Lember, and Sinaida Lember (née Solotnikova), a housewife, in Tartu. In 1922, the family moved to Nõmme, where Lember studied at Nõmme Russian Primary School. At Nõmme Hiiu Primary School, she struggled with bad marks from teachers because her notebooks were full of drawings. The headmaster was impressed with her drawing and recommended that she attend the State School of Arts and Crafts.[4] Lember graduated in 1940.[5]

From 1940 to 1941, she worked as an interior designer at Architect Meyer, mainly in glass and Mosaic. In 1941, she was recruited at the Tallinn Art College. She worked with the decorator Voldemar Haas Estonia Theater and as a decorator at the Varietees Plaza. In 1942, she received an invitation from the sculptor Anton Starkopf to study at the Higher Visual Arts Courses in Tartu. It was there for the first time her watercolors were displayed at the school's autumn exhibition.

She was one of the first members of the Estonian Artists 'Union Artists' Association in 1944. She married Moscow artist Vladimir Bogatkin in 1949.


Lember-Bogatkina was employed to create public works of art for the city of Talinin[6][7] and also traveled as part of a contingent of artists for the Soviet Estonian government.[8] She painted portraits, landscapes, and illustrations for children's books.

She began exhibiting in 1942. The artist's exhibitions included the Embassy of Copenhagen, Finland's Jyväskylä University, Tallinn Art Hall and Nõmme Museum. On November 3, 2012, Tõnismäe Gallery was opened with Valli Lember-Bogatkina's exhibition "Music / Dance", which featured her final theses at State Art School: three mosaics that represent three pillars of the Estonian economy through three beautiful girls.

Lember-Bogatkina also created monuments for commemorations and murals for art spaces.


In 1949, the artist married Vladimir Bogatkin. Their younger son, Georg Bogatkin, is a ceramicist and their older son, Vladimir Bogatkin Jr., is a documentary director. Their daughter-in-law Airike Taniloo-Bogatkin is a sculptor.



The documentary Vivat Valli! Was dedicated to the 90th anniversary of Valli Lember-Bogatkina.


  • Valli Lember-Bogatkina. That's how it was. Tallinn: Varrak, 2006 - 167 p. ISBN 9789985313176 (volume)


  1. ^ "Suri Valli Lember-Bogatkina". Kultuur (in Estonian). 2016-06-15. Retrieved 2019-05-11.
  2. ^ OKIA. "In memoriam Valli Lember-Bogatkina". Sirp (in Estonian). Retrieved 2019-05-11.
  3. ^ "Valli Lember-Bogatkina  Meri,pedakad ja soo ". Retrieved 2019-05-13.
  4. ^ "Valli Lember-Bogatkina teab, kuidas püüda päeva". Virumaa Teataja (in Estonian). 2010-06-25. Retrieved 2019-05-11.
  5. ^ "Artist Valli Lember-Bogatkina: Drawing was programmed by God".
  6. ^ "Lammutatud Majaka klubi, Lindakivi kinokähmlused ja Savisaare kirik - Lasnamäe maamärgid". Delfi (in Estonian). Retrieved 2019-05-25.
  7. ^ "ENNE JA NÜÜD: Vaata Mustamäe majade muutumist - kunstilised otsaseinad jäävad remondiga peitu". Forte (in Estonian). Retrieved 2019-05-25.
  8. ^ Countries, Estonian Society for Friendship and Cultural Relations with Foreign (1988). The paths of friendship. Perioodika. ISBN 9785797900924.

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