An accomplished American artist noted for his ability with garden scenes and for having a unique touch with light, Abbot Fuller Graves was an painter, teacher and the proprietor of his own art school.
Graves studied at the Academie Julien in Paris. He travelled widely throughout his career, visiting exotic locations such as Bermuda to find his subjects. He had a distinctive technique, his brushwork was heavy and he was a master of capturing natural light. He preferred a bright palette.
He distinguished himself as an educator, first teaching at the Cowles Art School in Boston and eventually striking out on his own and founding his own school in 1891. The school was only open until 1902, being relocated to Maine before it was closed.
Abbot Fuller Graves was known for a particular talent at rendering flowers and scenes that depicted gardens. For this work, he was quite popular and received a good deal of critical praise. His preference for bright, powerful colors worked well with this subject matter. He also painted figures, including pictures of Maine fishermen, interiors and other subjects. His works are part of the collection of the Portland Museum of Art in Portland, Maine.