Abbott Fuller Graves

Doorway, 19th Century

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About the Artist

Born in Weymouth , MA was a Boston painter known for his floral garden scenes and still lifes. Although much of his work, keeping with the Boston School style, depicted in a realistic way, his thick, impasto brush strokes and bright colorful sun-lit paintings showed his acceptance of Impressionism. He studied at M.I.T. with Cormon, Laurens, and Gervais. In 1884 he went to Paris and Italy , and concentrated on still lifes, often working with his good friend Edmund Tarbell, also a Boston painter. Graves and Tarbell roomed together in Europe , where they both studied still-life painting. Returning to Boston in 1885 he became a member of the faculty of Cowles Art School where fellow-faculty member Childe Hassam, an impressionist, became an influence on his work. In 1887, Graves went to paris where he enrolled at the Academie Julian to study figures with Jean Paul Laurens. From 1891 most of his paintings were of floral garden scenes, often with female figures in bright sun, showing the influence of European impressionism. Travels between Paris and New England continued throughout his career, and in 1891, he opened a school in Boston , which ultimately moved to Kennebunkport , Maine and closed in 1902. He also did work in Paris from 1902 to 1905. Graves was an Associate of the National Academy (1926) and a member of the Salmagundi Club (1909), American Art Association of Paris; North Shore Arts Association, MA; Copley Society of Boston; National Arts Club (Life Member); Boston Society of Watercolor Painters; Boston Art Students Association; Connecticut Academy of Fine Arts; Boston Art Club; and the Artists Fund. Awards include Mass. Charitable Mechanics Association (1887); Exposition des Beaux Arts, Paris (1905 medal); Salmagundi Club. One man exhibitions include Leonard and Company (1899); Copley (1917); Brockton Public Library, Brockton , MA (1926) Babcock Galleries, NYC (1927); Vose Galleries of Boston (1924, 1925, 1929, 2932); Store Museum , Kennebunk , ME (1979). His work is represented at the National Arts Club, New York and The Portland Art Museum, Portland Maine . Married to Montie Aldrich, October 1, 1886. Two children. Abbott Fuller Graves died July 17, 1936