30 March 2005

Robert Alexander Graham

Robert Alexander Graham (1873-1946), “Bear Creek, Near Kittredge,” plein air painting, oil on canvasboard 12”x16”,
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Robert Alexander Graham was a leading impressionist painter and instructor in Colorado during the 20's and 30's, who came to Denver after distinguishing himself at the Art Students League in New York, where he was the pupil of American masters Twachtman, Henri, De Camp, and Bridgman. He also studied with John Fabian Carlson.

Stylistically, Graham was a classic American impressionist and highly skilled plein air painter, and although he painted landscapes, still lifes and figural pictures with equal facility, it is in the landscape genre where he achieved the most success, and left his most enduring legacy. His work was not unlike some of his notable contemporaries in California of the day - high key, broken color impressionism, adept light handling, and a painterly technique with generally thick applications of pigment.

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