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Abbott Fuller Graves
Summer Bouquet

Oil on canvas
14 x 12 inches


Oscar Adler

(American, 1859-1936)

Abbott Fuller Graves was born on April 15, 1859 in Weymouth, MA. He studied at MIT School of Design and in Italy and Paris and roomed with Edmund C. Tarbell of Boston from 1884-1885 and studied at the Académie Julian. From 1887-1890, he studied still life and flower painting and was highly influenced by French Impressionism and took instruction from Cormon, Laurens and Gervais. His major influences include Tarbell, Laurens and Frank W. Benson. When Graves returned to America he opened studios in Boston and Kennebunkport, Maine.

Graves was a member of the Allied Artists of America, the National Arts Club (life member); American Artists Association of Paris; Salmagundi Club of NYC; Connecticut Academy of Painters; North Shore Art Association; Copley Society, Boston; Boston Art Club; the Artists Fund; Boston Society of Watercolor Painters; the National Academy of Design (Associate, 1926) and many more art clubs. One-man exhibitions have been held at the Leonard & Company, Boston (1899); Brockton Public Library, 1924; Brickstore Museum in Kennebunkport, ME 1979; Vose Galleries of Boston (1913, 1924, 1925, 1932, 1937 Memorial, Babcock Galleries, NY (date uncertain) and the Copley Gallery, Boston, 1917.

Graves was an instructor of still life painting at the Cowles Art School, Boston, and from 1891-1902 he taught privately in his own art schools in Boston (1891) and Kennebunkport, ME (1894-1901) and at Passage Stanislas, Paris, 1902-1905. He also earned a fine income executing illustrations for French magazines.

The artist’s awards include medals at the Mechanics Association, Boston (1887, 1892); Expos-des Beaux Arts, Paris, 1905; Thumb Box Award, Salmagundi Club, New York City, 1933.

The artist married Montie Aldrich on October 1, 1886 and had two children. He traveled extensively throughout Europe and the United States and is best known for his luscious floral still life subjects, gardens and figure paintings. He died on July 17, 1936 a famous American impressionist.