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Abbott Graves (1859-1936)

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Oil on canvas
21 x 18 inches
Signature Details: Abbott Graves
Status: Placed in a Private Collection

A member of distinguished art associations and the recipient of important exhibition prizes, Abbott Fuller Graves is best remembered for lush, sun-drenched garden scenes and still lifes, executed in an impressionist style. A native of Weymouth, Massachussets, he was educated at the Massachussets Institute of Technology before departing for European studies in Paris and Italy. Once abroad, Graves focused on still life painting, working alongside his friend and roommate Edmund Tarbell.

In 1885, Graves returned to Boston and joined the faculty of the Cowles Art School, teaching with Childe Hassam, who would have a considerable influence on his work. Two years later, Graves returned to Paris and enrolled at the Academie Julien. This stay initiated a pattern of travel between France and New England which continued throughout his life. An associate of the National Academy of Design and member of the Salmagundi Club, Boston Society of Water Color Painters, and Boston Art Club, Graves exhibited widely and, in 1905, was awarded a medal at the Exposition des Beaux Arts in Paris.

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