Abbott Fuller Graves

Ackermans Fine Art

Abbot Fuller Graves is best known for his bright paintings of floral still lifes and garden scenes. Born in Weymouth, Massachusetts in 1859, he started his studies in New England before later going abroad. He joined the Massachusetts Institute of Technology hoping to become an architect but did not complete his studies he had already discovered that his true passion lay in painting. In 1884, he travelled abroad to Paris and Italy to further his studies in art and painting.

Abbott Fuller Graves

Floral Still Life

The following year, in 1885, he returned to Boston to teach at the Cowles Art School. He did this for 2 years, returning to Paris in 1887 to study at Academie Julien this time he focused on figure painting.

All this time, Abbott Fuller Graves was painting, but was not solely focused on floral scenes and gardens. After returning to Boston in 1891, he settled in the small coastal town of Kennebunkport in Maine and he went on teaching private students, showing them how to work with oil and watercolor. Years later after he had moved from this town, he would return to sit for long hours painting fishermen at work. A lot of these particular paintings are used in calendars and postcards to this day.

His work after 1891 seems to have grown more focused his paintings are mainly of gardens and flowers with the occasional female figure. He started his own school in Boston in 1891, and this he later moved to Kennebunkport, but he abandoned when he went to Paris between 1902 and 1905 to do magazine illustrations. Abbott Fuller Graves spent the following years between Boston and Paris, teaching when he was in Boston.

After 1922, he started to spend winters in New York and became a member of National Academy of Design, the National Arts Club, the Salmagundi Club and Allied Artists of America.

By the time Abbott Fuller Graves died in 1936, he was famous for some of the best garden paintings.