Abbott F. Graves

(1859-1936)

Abbott F. Graves, born in 1859, was a decorative painter known for his floral still life and garden scenes. He studied in Paris at the Academie Julian and with Laurens and Gervais. In 1900 Graves traveled to Bermuda to paint. His work was done with thick impasto brushwork with bright colors and natural light. Graves taught at the Cowles Art School in Boston and then opened his own art school in 1891. He moved it to Kennebunkport, ME but it closed in 1902. Graves died in 1936 and was widely acclaimed as a garden painting specialist throughout New England and Paris. His work is held at the Portland Museum of Art in Maine.