Artist Biography

Abbott Graves

(1859 - 1936)

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    Abbott Fuller Graves was a prominent Boston artist known for his decorative work, still lifes, figurative paintings, and genre scenes. Born in Massachusetts, Graves traveled to Europe with his friend Edmund Tarbell, the famous Boston impressionist, in 1884, to study in Paris and Italy. He returned to Boston a year later and began working at the Cowles Art School, alongside Childe Hassam, and opened his own school in 1891. Graves continued to travel to Paris throughout his life; he was a popular illustrator for several French magazines and was well-regarded for his impressionistic garden paintings. He exhibited at the National Academy of Design, Boston Art Club, Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, and Paris Salon, and won prizes from the Salmagundi Club and the Paris Expo des Beaux Arts of 1905. His work is now in the Portland Museum of Art, the National Arts Club, and the Arnot Art Museum.

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