Abbott Fuller Graves (American, 1859-1936) oil on canvas depicting a flower-filled courtyard in the Vieux Carre, New Orleans, circa 1927-1928. Signed lower right. Later giltwood molded frame. 18″ x 20″ canvas, 21″ x 25″ framed. Provenance: descended in the family of Ann Dillon, daughter of turn-of-the-century Nashville real estate dealer/developer William W. Dillon (the Bennie-Dillon building is named in part for him). Note: Boston Impressionist painter Abbott Fuller Graves was particularly noted for his floral garden scenes and still lifes which show the influence of European impressionism. He studied painting in Europe where he roomed with Edmund Tarbell, and later taught at the Cowles Art School in Boston where his fellow faculty member Childe Hassam proved influential on his work. Although he did most of his painting in Paris and New England, Graves visited New Orleans during the winters of 1927 and 1928, where he was inspired to paint the courtyards of the Vieux Carre. (Biographical information courtesy Askart: The Artists’ Bluebook). Condition: Overall excellent condition. Blacklighting does not indicate any inpainting or restoration.
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